Definition of Digitalis

1. Noun. A powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from foxglove.

Exact synonyms: Digitalin, Digitalis Glycoside
Specialized synonyms: Digitoxin, Digoxin, Lanoxin
Generic synonyms: Cardiac Glucoside, Cardiac Glycoside
Derivative terms: Digitalize

2. Noun. Any of several plants of the genus Digitalis.

Definition of Digitalis

1. n. A genus of plants including the foxglove.

Definition of Digitalis

1. Noun. A genus of herbaceous plants of the ''Scrophulariaceae'' family, including the foxglove, ''Digitalis purpurea''. ¹

2. Noun. A medical extract of ''Digitalis purpurea'' prescribed for heart failure etc. ¹

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Definition of Digitalis

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Medical Definition of Digitalis

1. General term for pharmacologically active compounds from the foxglove (Digitalis). The active substances are the cardiac glycosides, digoxin, digitoxin, strophanthin and ouabain. Causes increased force of contraction of the heart, disturbance of rhythm and reduced beat frequency. Also causes arteriolar constriction, venous dilation, nausea and visual disturbances. (03 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Digitalis

digital target
digital targets
digital television
digital televisions
digital vein
digital veins
digital video
digital video recorder
digital video recorders
digital voltmeter
digital watch
digital whorl
digitalis (current term)
digitalis glycoside
digitalis glycosides
digitalis tincture
digitalis toxicity
digitalis unit

Literary usage of Digitalis

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1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"This paper is based upon a series of experiments designed to determine whether digitalis when administered for a considerable period of time actually ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1919)
"IN general practice, very commonly the physician fails to get thoroughly satisfactory results from the use of digitalis. As cardiac patients come to the ..."

3. Journal of the American Medical Association by American Medical Association (1890)
"This patient died while sitting on the edge of his bed. is one remedy to which we at last arrive. This is digitalis. It is said that digitalis is proper to ..."

4. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"The second important factor in the usefulness of digitalis is the ... It must not be forgotten that overdosage of digitalis may provoke any of the clinical ..."

5. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"This research was based upon the clinical fact that nearly always when a patient has had marked valvular disease of the heart and takes digitalis for a ..."

6. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1922)
"They certainly justify a confident use of digitalis in such cases, even though the pulse rate may not be rapid. Even when the pulse rate is not changed, ..."

7. The Lancet (1898)
"There is no drug eo familiar to us as digitalis and there is no one drug which has added so many years to the sum of human life. ..."

8. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1890)
"digitalis as a Cardiac Food.—In a lecture delivered at the University of Pennsylvania Professor HC Wood most thoroughly reviewed the therapeutics of ..."

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