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(net′ĕl )

Any plant of the genus Urtica, esp. U. dioica. The sawtoothed leaves contain hairs that secrete a fluid that irritates the skin. Extracts from nettles are used as herbal remedies to treat allergic rhinitis and kidney stones and for their diuretic effects.
SYN: SEE: stinging nettle

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