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cascara \cascara\ n. the dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative; -- called also cascara sagrada.

Syn: chittam bark, chittem bark.


Cascara sagrada \Cas"ca*ra sa*gra"da\ (k[.a]s"k[.a]*r[.a] s[.a]*gr[aum]"d[.a]). [Sp.] Holy bark; the bark of the California buckthorn ( Rhamnus Purshianus), used as a mild cathartic or laxative; -- called also cascara.


n. A North American buckthorn, (taxlink Rhamnus purshiana species noshow=1), whose bark is used as a laxative


n. dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative [syn: cascara sagrada, chittam bark, chittem bark]


Cascara may refer to:

  • Rhamnus purshiana, a plant known for its laxative properties
  • Cascara, a fictional Caribbean island in the film Water
  • Cáscara, a rhythm found in some Cuban music
  • Coffee cherry tea, from Spanish cáscara, meaning "shell, husk".

Usage examples of "cascara".

Lately a certain aperient medicine has become highly popular with both doctors and patients in this country, the same being known as Cascara Sagrada.

In these woods, yew bark is harvested to make taxol for cancer patients, and cascara bark is harvested for laxatives.

If the salts cannot be taken a three- or five-grain, chocolate-coated, cascara sagrada tablet, may be taken before retiring, but other cathartics should not be taken unless the physician prescribes them.

Its use has been, however, somewhat neglected and the much advertized Cascara Sagrada (R.

On Friday nights I was given cascara sagrada, which rounded up the poisons as I slept, and on Saturday morning, before breakfast, I was given a glass of Epsom salts to drive them forth.

The Californian Buckthorn (Rhamnus purshianus), known more commonly as Cascara Sagrada, is a nearly-allied shrub growing in the United States, from northern Idaho westward to the Pacific Ocean.

Aromatie Syrup of Figs, Elixir of Figs, or Sweet Essence of Figs, an excellent laxative for children and delicate persons, is compounded of compound tincture of rhubarb, liquid extract of senna, compound spirit of orange, liquid extract of cascara and Syrup of Figs.