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Volume 21, Number 7—July 2015
Etymologia

Etymologia: Quinine

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Quinine [kwinʹin]

From the Quechua kina, “bark,” quinine is an alkaloid of cinchona that has antimalarial properties. In the 1620s, Jesuit missionaries living in Peru learned of the healing powers of the bark of “fever trees” that grew in the high forests of Peru and Bolivia.

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References

  1. Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 32nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2012.
  2. Honigsbaum  M, Willcox  M. Cinchona. In: Willcox M, Bodeker G, Rasoanaivo P, editors. Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press; 2004. p. 22–47.

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DOI: 10.3201/eid2107.et2107

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