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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


eucalyptus  listen  (YOO-kuh-LIP-tus)

  A type of evergreen tree that is a member of the myrtle family. Oil from the leaves is used in very small amounts in mouthwash and in medicines and candy used to treat and soothe sore throats and coughs. It has also been used in some cultures to treat many other medical problems. The scientific name is Eucalyptus globulus.