digitalis digitalis  /ˌdɪ dʒə ˈtæ ləs/


  1. (n) a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from foxglove
  2. (n) any of several plants of the genus Digitalis


  1. The classic example is digitalis leaf.
  2. Then a heavy dose of digitalis would throw the heart into useless twitching.
  3. In the 1950s, researchers developed a vaccine to block fatal overdoses of the heart drug digitalis.


  • Study Raises Questions About Digoxin Use Today

    Digitalis is one of the oldest medicines in the cardiovascular arsenal. When William Withering identified digitalis as the active ingredient in the foxglove plant more than 200 years ago he was only codifying a longstanding folk remedy for heart failure, or "dropsy" as it was known then.
    on September 24, 2013     Source: Forbes

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