Definition of digitalis in English:

digitalis

noun

  • A drug prepared from the dried leaves of foxglove and containing substances (notably digoxin and digitoxin) that stimulate the heart muscle.

    • ‘One-year mortality was reduced regardless of gender, presence of diabetes mellitus or heart failure, or treatment with diuretics, digitalis, beta blockers or anticoagulants.’
    • ‘Specific classes of medications used to control and slow the heart rate include digitalis, beta blockers, and calcium channel blockers.’
    • ‘The effects of the medication can be inhibited by tricyclic antidepressants and digitalis.’
    • ‘In reality, more than 30% of conventional medications come from common plant sources (eg, digitalis from foxglove, vincristine from periwinkle).’
    • ‘According to the authors, the concomitant intake of those two drugs induced a drop in potassium following a diuretic induced decrease in water retention, which led to an increase in sensitivity of heart muscle to digitalis.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from the modern Latin genus name of the foxglove, from digitalis (herba) (plant) relating to the finger from digitus finger, toe; suggested by German Fingerhut thimble or foxglove.

Pronunciation:

digitalis

/ˌdijiˈtaləs/