noun, plural stro·phan·thus·es.
any of various shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Strophanthus, of the dogbane family, chiefly of tropical Africa.
the dried, ripe seed of any of these plants, which yields the drug strophanthin.
Origin of strophanthus
< New Latin (1802) < Greek stróph(os) twine + ánthos flower
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Historical Examples of strophanthus
Tincture of strophanthus, in 2-dram doses, will quiet the tumultuous action of the heart in some cases where the digitalis fails.
Strophanthus regulated and strengthened the heart's action, but only slightly benefited the dyspnœa.
It seems to act as well as an aid to Digitalis, or Strophanthus, in cardiac dyspnœa.
The exquisitely beautiful seed of Strophanthus Kombe is used as an arrow poison.
The poison used here, and called kombi, is obtained from a species of strophanthus, and is very virulent.
British Dictionary definitions for strophanthus
any small tree or shrub of the apocynaceous genus Strophanthus, of tropical Africa and Asia, having strap-shaped twisted petals. The seeds of certain species yield the drug strophanthin
the seeds of any of these plants
Word Origin for strophanthus
C19: New Latin, from Greek strophos twisted cord + anthos flower
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