As nouns the difference between medicinal and cinchona
is that medicinal
is any plant that can be used for medicinal purposes while cinchona
is any of several south american trees, of the genus cinchona
, cultivated for its medicinal bark.
As an adjective medicinal
is having the properties of medicine, or pertaining to medicine; medical.
Having the properties of medicine, or pertaining to medicine; medical.
Tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain.
Tasting like medicine; particularly of sweetish artificial flavours similar to cherry, almond or licorice.
Any plant that can be used for medicinal purposes.
* chinchona, chincona
Any of several South American trees, of the genus Cinchona , cultivated for its medicinal bark.
* 2001': German chemists were the first to isolate pure drug chemicals from herbal medicines, with the isolation of morphine from crude opium in 1803 and quinine from the bark of the '''cinchona tree in 1820. — Leslie Iversen, ''Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 8)
The bark of these trees, that yields quinine alkaloids used to treat malaria.