One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A terpene-based anti-malarial substance used in Chinese medicine.
- ‘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.’
1970s: from Chinese qīnghāosù, from qīnghāo, denoting a medicinal plant of the genus Artemisia.
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