Definition of digitalis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪlɪs/


[mass noun]
A drug prepared from the dried leaves of foxgloves and containing substances (notably digoxin and digitoxin) that stimulate the heart muscle.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • In reality, more than 30% of conventional medications come from common plant sources (eg, digitalis from foxglove, vincristine from periwinkle).
  • Specific classes of medications used to control and slow the heart rate include digitalis, beta blockers, and calcium channel blockers.


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'.

Words that rhyme with digitalis

aurora borealis, Baylis, Fidelis, rayless

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