Definition of strophanthin in English:

strophanthin

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] A poisonous substance of the glycoside class, obtained from certain African trees and used as a heart stimulant.

    • ‘Strophanthus gratus contains the cardiac glycoside [gamma] strophanthin and the alkaloid inoeine.’
    • ‘In fact, the discovery of strophanthin in wet African forests propelled pharmacology to a new level of interest in using plant chemicals for human medicines.’
    • ‘It differs from strophanthin both chemically and physiologically, and is nearly twice as toxic.’
    • ‘Strophanthin G was used as a possible suppressor of the early inflammatory changes in the sheep.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin strophanthus (from Greek strophos twisted cord + anthos flower, referring to the long segments of the corolla) + -in.

Pronunciation:

strophanthin

/strə(ʊ)ˈfanθɪn/