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digitalis

[ dij-i-tal-is, -tey-lis ]

noun

  1. any plant belonging to the genus Digitalis, of the figwort family, especially the common foxglove, D. purpurea.
  2. the dried leaves of the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, used in medicine as a heart stimulant.


digitalis

/ ˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪlɪs /

noun

  1. any Eurasian scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Digitalis, such as the foxglove, having bell-shaped flowers and a basal rosette of leaves
    1. a drug prepared from the dried leaves or seeds of the foxglove: a mixture of glycosides used medicinally to treat heart failure and some abnormal heart rhythms
    2. any cardiac glycoside, whatever its origin


digitalis

/ dĭj′ĭ-tălĭs /

  1. A drug prepared from the seeds and dried leaves of the purple foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, and prescribed as a cardiac stimulant in the treatment of congestive heart failure and other disorders of the heart.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of digitalis1

1655–65; < New Latin digitālis, a name apparently suggested by the German name for the foxglove, Fingerhut literally, thimble; digital
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Word History and Origins

Origin of digitalis1

C17: from New Latin, from Latin: relating to a finger (referring to the corollas of the flower); based on German Fingerhut foxglove, literally: finger-hat or thimble
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Example Sentences

Its action on the circulation greatly resembles that of digitalis, but is more manageable.

This is just one expression of the folly which surrounded the use of digitalis at the time of its discovery.

The normal digitalis flower has a large pendant purple corolla much spotted upon the middle lobe of the larger and lower lip.

Digitalis, which you then considered as a more certain diuretic than any you had ever tried.

In something more than a year and a half, his dropsy returned, but the Digitalis did not then succeed to our wishes.

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