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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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For aqueous extract, Danshen root (200g) was cut into small pieces and boiled in 250 ml distilled water in reflux.
Ethanolic extract of Danshen root (125-10 [micro]g/m1) decreased the formation of paracetamol and the paracetamol/phenacet in concentration ratio in a dose-dependent manner (Fig.
Danshensu, another phenolic acid, was the second predominant compound in Danshen pill, but was less abundant in the in-house prepared extracts of Danshen root.