Definition of digitalis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪlɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪlɪs//
, also NAmE//ˌdɪdʒɪˈtælɪs//
[uncountable] (medical)
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a drug made from the foxglove plant, that helps the heart muscle to work Word Originlate 18th cent.: 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: digitalis