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camphor




camphor
A white crystalline aromatic compound (C10H16O) distilled from the wood and young shoots of the camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora), native to Taiwan. Camphor has a strong characteristic odor which repels insects. It is also used medicinally – internally as an anodyne and antispasmodic and externally in linaments. In large doses it is a narcotic poison.


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