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ouabain

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noun oua·bain \wä-ˈbā-ən, ˈwä-ˌbān\

Definition of ouabain

  1. :  a poisonous glycoside C29H44O12 obtained from several African shrubs or trees (genera Strophanthus and Acokanthera) of the dogbane family and used medically like digitalis and in Africa as an arrow poison



Origin and Etymology of ouabain

International Scientific Vocabulary, from French ouabaïo, an African tree, from Somali waabayyo arrow poison


First Known Use: 1893


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ouabain

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noun oua·bain \wä-ˈbā-ən, ˈwä-ˌbān\

Medical Definition of ouabain

  1. :  a poisonous glycoside C29H44O12 obtained from several African shrubs or trees of the dogbane family and used medically like digitalis and in Africa as an arrow poison




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