One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drug containing the active constituents of digitalis.
- ‘Deer also avoid plants that people consider medicinal and poisonous: foxgloves (the plant source of the cardiac drug digitalin), poppies (the plant source of opium), daffodils, and lily-of-the-valley.’
- ‘Digitalis, a drug prepared from digitalin, a glycoside obtained from the common foxglove, is used in medicine.’
- ‘In this way a digitalin of indefinite composition is obtained, consisting of such glucosides as digitin, digitonin, etc.’
Mid 19th century: from digitalis + -in.
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