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Term: bezoar
References: HMS Surprise, page 363
Meaning: An (usually) obstructing mass in the alimentary tract of humans and animals, usually from intake of undigestible material such as hair, fur, or coarse vegetable fibre; the resulting hard lump(s), when removed, were historically thought to be an antidote for poisons.

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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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