strophanthin

noun

stro·​phan·​thin strō-ˈfan(t)-thən How to pronounce strophanthin (audio)
: any of several glycosides (such as ouabain) or mixtures of glycosides from African plants (genera Strophanthus and Acokanthera) of the dogbane family
especially : a bitter toxic glycoside C36H54O14 from a woody vine (Strophanthus kombé) used similarly to digitalis

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Strophanthus, from Greek strophos twisted band (from strephein to twist) + anthos flower — more at anthology

First Known Use

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strophanthin was circa 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Strophanthin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strophanthin. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

strophanthin

noun
stro·​phan·​thin strō-ˈfan(t)-thən How to pronounce strophanthin (audio)
: any of several glycosides (as ouabain) or mixtures of glycosides from African plants of the genera Strophanthus and Acocanthera
especially : a bitter toxic glycoside C36H54O14 from a woody vine of the genus Strophanthus (S. kombé) used similarly to digitalis

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