di·​gox·​in | \ di-ˈjäk-sən How to pronounce digoxin (audio) , -ˈgäk- \

Definition of digoxin

: 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 Microbes can also sabotage the classic cardiac drug digoxin, which is used to treat arrhythmias and heart failure. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 First, the doctor injects potassium chloride or digoxin into the fetus’s heart, killing it within minutes. The Economist, "What explains Donald Trump’s war on late-term abortions?," 22 Aug. 2019 These include severing the umbilical cord or injecting potassium chloride or the medication digoxin into the fetus. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Appeals court seems unlikely to uphold ‘fetal demise’ abortion law," 25 May 2018 Several doctors, including Wallace, testified that using digoxin in earlier stages of a pregnancy is uncommon, has not been thoroughly studied and is not always effective. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "State begins defense of Texas abortion law," 3 Nov. 2017 Administering an injection of digoxin, a drug used to treat heart disease in adults, is one method. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "State begins defense of Texas abortion law," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of digoxin

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for digoxin

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

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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 8 May. 2021.

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di·​gox·​in | \ dij-ˈäk-sən How to pronounce digoxin (audio) , dig- How to pronounce digoxin (audio) \

Medical Definition of digoxin

: 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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