Definition of EMMENAGOGUES


EMMENAGOGUES

med. jur. The name of a class of medicines which are
believed to have the power. of favoring the discharge of the menses. These
are black hellebore, savine, (vide Juneperius Sabina,) madder, mercury,
polygala, senega, and pennyroyal. They are sometimes used for the criminal
purpose of producing abortion. (q. v.) They always endanger the life of the
woman. 1 Becks Medical Jur. 316, Dungl. Med. Diet. h. t., Parrs Med.
Dict. h. t., 3 Paris and Fonbl. Aled. Jur. 88.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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