Definition of qinghaosu in US English:

qinghaosu

noun

  • A terpene-based anti-malarial substance used in Chinese medicine.

    The drug is obtained from Artemisia annua, family Compositae

    • ‘The antimalarial properties of the traditional Chinese medicine qinghaosu (artemisinin) were discovered by Chinese scientists in 1971.’
    • ‘This article reviews the discovery and the further studies on qinghaosu and its derivatives.’

Origin

1970s: from Chinese qīnghāosù, from qīnghāo, denoting a medicinal plant of the genus Artemisia.

Pronunciation

qinghaosu

/ˌCHiNGhouˈso͞o/