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cin·cho·na  (sng-kn, sn-ch-)
1. Any of several trees and shrubs of the genus Cinchona, native chiefly to the Andes and cultivated for bark that yields the medicinal alkaloids quinine and quinidine, which are used to treat malaria.
2. The dried bark of any of these plants. Also called Jesuits bark, Peruvian bark.

[New Latin Cinchona, genus name, reputedly after Francisca Henr?quez de Ribera (1576-1639), Countess of Chinch?n.]

cin·chonic (sng-knk, sn-chn-) adj.

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