strophanthin

[stroh-fan-thin]
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.

Origin of strophanthin

First recorded in 1875–80; strophanth(us) + -in2
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strophanthin

noun
  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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