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The fruit of Coriandrum sativum Linne (nat. ord. Umbelliferae).
Central Asia and Southern Europe; cultivated.
Globular; about 4 mm. in diameter; crowned with the calyx-teeth and stylopod; brownish yellow, with slight, longitudinal ridges; the two mericarps cohering, enclosing a lenticular cavity, and each furnished on the face with two oil-tubes; odor and taste agreeably aromatic
The chief constituent is the official volatile oil (see below).
Dose, 10 to 30 gr.; .60 to 2.00 gm.
A volatile oil distilled from Coriander.
A colorless or slightly yellowish liquid, having the characteristic, aromatic odor of Coriander, and a warm, spicy taste. Sp. gr., 0.870 to 0.885.
Oil of Coriander is contained in Syrupus Sennae, Confectio Sennae, and Spiritus Aurantii Compositus.
Dose, 2 to 5 m.; .12 to .30 c.c.