Definition of qinghaosu in English:


Pronunciation /ˌCHiNGhouˈso͞o/ /ˌtʃɪŋhaʊˈsu/


  • A terpene-based anti-malarial substance used in Chinese medicine.

    The drug is obtained from Artemisia annua, family Compositae

    ‘The antimalarial properties of the traditional Chinese medicine qinghaosu (artemisinin) were discovered by Chinese scientists in 1971.’
    • ‘This article reviews the discovery and the further studies on qinghaosu and its derivatives.’


1970s from Chinese qīnghāosù, from qīnghāo, denoting a medicinal plant of the genus Artemisia.