di·​gox·​in di-ˈjäk-sən How to pronounce digoxin (audio)
: a poisonous cardiotonic steroid C41H64O14 obtained from a foxglove (Digitalis lanata) and used especially to treat atrial fibrillation

Examples of digoxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include aspirin, which came from willow bark, a heart failure drug called digoxin that was sourced from foxglove plants, and the anti-malarial treatment called quinine that was isolated from a cinchona tree’s bark. Molly Glick, Discover Magazine, 17 June 2021 This includes various cancer drugs, such as methotrexate; antibiotics, such as penicillin and clindamycin; pain medications, such as morphine and lidocaine; and cardiac medication, such as atropine and digoxin. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 8 Sep. 2023 Classified as a cardiac glycoside, digoxin works by affecting calcium activity. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 Physicians use digitalis medicines like digoxin, which are derived from members of the foxglove family of plants, to treat congestive heart failure and heart rhythm problems. Brad Reisfeld, The Conversation, 21 Mar. 2023 From 1987 to 2003, nurse Charles Cullen murdered at least 29 of his patients, often using digoxin. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 When Gall surprisingly died from a massive heart attack, his autopsy revealed a lethal does of the drug digoxin in his body. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 27 Oct. 2022 Half hour later, the patient takes a medication called digoxin. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 Fiber supplements can lower the effectiveness of anti-depressants like tricyclics, diabetes meds like metformin, heart prescriptions like digoxin, and even seizure scripts. Dezi Abeyta, Men's Health, 25 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary dig- (from New Latin Digitalis) + toxin

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digoxin was circa 1930

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“Digoxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digoxin. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


di·​gox·​in dij-ˈäk-sən How to pronounce digoxin (audio) dig- How to pronounce digoxin (audio)
: a poisonous cardiotonic glycoside C41H64O14 obtained from the leaves of a foxglove (Digitalis lanata) and used similarly to digitalis see digitek, lanoxin

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