camphor

Definition / meaning of camphor

A substance that comes from the wood and bark of the camphor tree or is made in the laboratory. It has a very unique smell and taste and is used in commercial products (for example, mothballs). Camphor is used in topical anti-infective and anti-pruritic (anti-itching) agents.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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