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A saccharine secretion deposited in the honey-comb by Apis mellifica Linne (class Insecta; order Hymenoptera).
A syrupy liquid of a light yellowish to pale yellowish-brown color, translucent when fresh, but gradually becoming opaque and crystalline, having a characteristic, aromatic odor, and a sweet, faintly acrid taste.
Clarified Honey is contained in Confectio Rosae and Mel Rosae. Dose, freely.
Honey is a demulcent, relieving dryness of the mouth and facilitating swallowing. Oxymel, clarified honey 8, acetic acid 1, water 1, is a useful preparation. It is a common ingredient of cough mixtures. Honey is a mild laxative, and may be given to children for this purpose.