ouabain

noun
oua·​bain | \ wä-ˈbā-ən How to pronounce ouabain (audio) , ˈwä-ˌbān How to pronounce ouabain (audio) \

Definition of ouabain

: 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

Examples of ouabain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the arrow’s tip has a secret weapon: the deadly poison ouabain. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 11 May 2018 At such a dose, ouabain can cause twitching, convulsions, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and eventually cardiac arrest. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2018 The ouabain derivative didn’t have any toxic effects, and the rat produced normal levels of sperm. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2018 But ouabain also affects another type of transporter subunit called α4, which is found only in sperm cells. Smithsonian, 31 Jan. 2018 Our results are promising because our candidate molecule, unlike ouabain, is nontoxic in rats. Smithsonian, 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ouabain

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ouabain

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

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“Ouabain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouabain. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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ouabain

noun
oua·​bain | \ wä-ˈbā-ən How to pronounce ouabain (audio) , ˈwä-ˌbān How to pronounce ouabain (audio) \

Medical Definition of ouabain

: 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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