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di juh ta luhs

  • n  a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from foxglove
  • n  any of several plants of the genus Digitalis

  • Over the next five days, doctors increased her dosages of the antirejection drugs, supplemented her weakening heart with digitalis, eased the strain on her breathing with a .
  • Then a heavy dose of digitalis would throw the heart into useless twitching.
  • The classic example is digitalis leaf.
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  • 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.
    Sept. 24, 2013 - Forbes

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