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(The fruit of Prunus Domestica Linne (nat. ord. Rosaceae).
Western Asia; cultivated in many varieties.
Oblong or subglobular, about 3 cm. long, shrivelled blackish-blue, glaucous; the sarcocarp brownish-yellow; sweet and acidulous; putamen hard, smooth, or irregularly ridged; the seed almond-like in shape, but smaller, and of a bitter-almond taste.
Prunes are contained in Confectio Sennae.
Dose. - They can be administered freely.
Prunes are demulcent and slightly laxative. They may be eaten as articles of diet in cases of slight constipation. They are used as a corrective for senna in the confection.