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Licorice root extract (LIH-kuh-rish … EK-strakt)
A substance prepared from dried roots of the plant . It is used as a flavoring in medicines, drinks, and sweets, and it is being studied in the treatment of cancer. Licorice root extract contains several compounds that reduce inflammation, kill certain bacteria and viruses, act like estrogen and other hormones, and may cause cancer cells to die. It is a type of antioxidant.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.