• WordNet 3.6
    • n digitalis any of several plants of the genus Digitalis
    • n digitalis a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from foxglove
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.
    • Digitalis (Bot) A genus of plants of the family Schrophulariaceae , including the foxglove.
    • Digitalis (Med) The dried leaves of the purple foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), formerly used in heart disease, disturbance of the circulation, etc. Its use has been largely replaced by that of the pure active ingredient, digitalin. See digitalin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n digitalis A genus of plants, natural order Scrophulariaceœ, containing about 20 species of tall herbs, natives of Europe and western Asia. The foxglove, D. purpurea, the handsomest of the genus, bearing a tall raceme of large large, drooping, bell-shaped flowers, is common in cultivation. It is used in medicine to increase vasomotor tone, raise the blood-tension, favor diuresis, and improve the nutrition of the heart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Digitalis a genus of plants, including the foxglove
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL.: cf. F. digitale,. So named (according to Linnæus) from its finger-shaped corolla
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. digitus, a finger or toe, akin to Gr. daktylos.


In literature:

The tile from the Grand Alliance shows traces of digitalis.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Digitalis one drm., Tinct.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Is it ever cured by making the patient sick by tincture of digitalis?
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The digitalis should be repeated every two hours till three or four doses have been taken.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
The medicinal properties of the Digitalis are easily affected by culture.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The digitalis reduced to 12 grains a day.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
To keep up the heart action give ether, alcohol, camphor, digitalis, or coffee.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
He did not even take digitalis or morphine.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
Strophanthus and digitalis are not meant for human nature's daily food.
"The Joy of Living (Es lebe das Leben)" by Hermann Sudermann
There is arsenic in the powder, Hilda, and digitalis too, and strychnine, and the best beetle-killer!
"Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen - A Collection of Some of the Master's Best Known Dramas" by F. Anstey
For medicinal uses see DIGITALIS.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
These are not examples of digitalis action, but of mental influence.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
So will digitalis and strophanthus.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Tincturae Digitalis drachmam unam.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
I've been giving her digitalis; what do you think about that?
"The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife" by Ellen M. Firebaugh
You'd give heart stimulants, say digitalis.
"The Trial of Callista Blake" by Edgar Pangborn
Digitalis is very uncertain in its action.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner
The Foxglove (Digitalis) beautifully repays one's care.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks
Mrs. Davenport threw herself into the breach, and asked the dowager how digitalis was made.
"The Rubicon" by E. F. Benson
I should say myself he would order her digitalis: I have often guessed exactly what a prescription would be.
"Felix Holt, The Radical" by George Eliot

In news:

It's a member of the Dogbane family and contains the toxins oleandrin and nerioside, which are very similar to the poisonous chemical in foxglove ( Digitalis ).
Digitalis Providence's Raphael Lyon, the self-proclaimed "Master of Experimental Noise Organomics," returns with his first release for Digitalis, exhibiting his mystical synthesis of lysergic organ drones and moonlit jams.
Vanderslices, Brothers Nunez, and Cute Pup at Digitalis - 1115 H Street Sacto.
Digitalis - 1115 H Street Sacto.

In science:

Questa scheda fornisce supporto meccanico ai SAXS Hybrid, separa convenientemente le connessioni analogiche da quelle digitali e implementa lo stadio di potenza del generatore di segnali di test.
Progetto di un detector a camera di ionizzazione per esperimenti SAXS