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betel

(bē`təl), masticatory made from slices of betel palm seeds (called betel nuts) smeared onto a betel pepper leaf together with other aromatic flavorings and lime paste and rolled up. The betel palmpalm,
common name for members of the Palmae, a large family of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most species are treelike, characterized by a crown of compound leaves, called fronds, terminating a tall, woody, unbranched stem.
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 (Areca catechu) and the betel pepper (Piper betle of the pepperpepper,
name for the fruits of several unrelated Old and New World plants used as spices or vegetables or in medicine. Old World (True) Peppers

Black pepper (Piper nigrum
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 family) are native to and widely cultivated in S Asia, where betel has been chewed since ancient times and is an article of considerable commerce. Betel contains alkaloids that increase the heart rate and induce a sense of euphoria. Habitual chewing stains the teeth and is linked to oral cancer.

betel

an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia
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The betel nut is the seed of the Areca palm (Areca catechu L.
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Encyclopedia Americana, (1988:829) revealed that betel nut, the seed of the betel palm (areca catechu), which is chewed as a stimulant throughout southern Asia.
We began this study by developing the health risk information indices of tobacco, alcohol, and betel nuts.
Given these potential health threats, and the accumulating evidence on the migration of betel products outside of their native areas, further investigation is necessary.
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At the end of the dance, the performers offer betel nut to guests.
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Information was compiled on each patient's age, sex, indication for surgery, type of surgical procedure, and history of tobacco, alcohol, or betel nut use.
The first betel nut depicts a conch shell, the herald of auspicious events.
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