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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a very poisonous, bitter glycoside or mixture of glycosides obtained from the dried, ripe seeds of a strophanthus, especially Strophanthus kombe, used as a cardiac stimulant.
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Origin of strophanthin

First recorded in 1875–80; strophanth(us) + -in2
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Examples from the Web for strophanthin

Historical Examples of strophanthin

  • The ordinary medicinal dose of strophanthin is one five-hundredth of a grain.

    The Mystery of 31 New Inn

    R. Austin Freeman

  • Mix the saccharin with the tincture of vanilla, add the strophanthin, and permit the alcohol to evaporate.

    Candy Medication

    Bernard Fantus

  • Strophanthin is the name given to three different compounds, two obtained from Strophanthus Kombe and one from S. hispidus.

British Dictionary definitions for strophanthin


  1. a toxic glycoside or mixture of glycosides obtained from the ripe seeds of certain species of strophanthus: used as a cardiac stimulant
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