- A genus of herbaceous shrubs of the Scrophulariaceae family, including the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea.
- A medical extract of Digitalis purpurea prescribed for heart failure etc.
Etymology: Modern Latin, from digitalis, digitÄlis "of the fingers" (named with reference to the German common name for the plant, Fingerhut "thimble").
- 2001: The ancient remedy , extracted from the foxglove plant, for example, acts by blocking sodium channels in heart muscle, preventing potentially dangerous overactivity. " Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 25)
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