cardiac glycoside

or cardiac glucoside


noun Pharmacology.

any of a group of drugs used to stimulate the heart in cases of heart failure, obtained from a number of plants, as the foxglove, squill, or yellow oleander.

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Medical definitions for cardiac glycoside

cardiac glycoside

n.

Any of several glycosides obtained chiefly from plant sources such as the foxglove, used medicinally to increase the force of contraction of heart muscle and to regulate heartbeats.
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