ouabain

[ wah-bah-in ]
/ wɑˈbɑ ɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a glycoside occurring as a white, crystalline powder, C29H44O12, obtained from the seeds of a shrub, Strophanthus gratus, or from the wood of trees of the genus Acokanthera, and used in medicine chiefly as a cardiac stimulant.

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Also called G-strophanthin.

Origin of ouabain

1890–95; <French ouaba(ïo) (<Somali waabayyo arrow poison) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for ouabain

ouabain
/ (ˈwɑːbɑːɪn) /

noun

a poisonous white crystalline glycoside extracted from certain trees and used as a heart stimulant and, by some African tribes, on poison darts. Formula: C 29 H 44 O 12 .8H 2 O

Word Origin for ouabain

C19: from French ouabaïo, from Somali waba yo native name of tree
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Medical definitions for ouabain

ouabain
[ wä-bāĭn ]

n.

A white poisonous glycoside extracted from the seeds of the African trees Strophanthus gratus and Acokanthera ouabaio and used as a heart stimulant.
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