āsrāva आस्राव

Definition: (‘ discharge ’) denotes a disease, thrice referred to in the Atharvaveda, the precise nature of which is uncertain. The Scholiast in one place interprets it as painful urination (mūtrātisāra), while Lanmansuggests diabetes. Bloomfield takes it to be diarrhoea, and Zimmer argues that as the remedy is called wound healer ’ (arus-srāna), the sense is the flux from unhealed wounds.’ Whitney® renders it * flux,’ and questions Bloomfield’s rendering. Ludwig translates it vaguely by ‘ sick­ness ’ and cold.

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