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Term: asafoetida
References: Master and Commander, page 350
Desolation Island, page 317
The Nutmeg of Consolation, pages 185, 186
The Commodore, page 98
Meaning: The foetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a large umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafoetida) of Persia and the East India. It was used as a remedy for hysterical disorders, flatulent colics and as a promoter of the menses.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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