A southern African cactus from which a compound that acts as an appetite suppressant is derived.
- ‘I no longer take hoodia because I now know how much I should be eating to maintain my weight and no longer eat huge meals.’
- ‘The ideal time to take hoodia is 30-60 minutes before each meal.’
- ‘The active ingredient in hoodia is a compound called P57.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin (genus name), from Hood, the name of an English plant grower.