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Modern Latin, from Latin digitālis (named with reference to the German common name for the plant, Fingerhut (thimble)).



digitalis (plural digitales)

  1. A genus of herbaceous shrubs of the Scrophulariaceae family, including the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea.
  2. A medical extract of Digitalis purpurea prescribed for heart failure etc.
    • 2001: The ancient remedy digitalis, extracted from the foxglove plant, for example, acts by blocking sodium channels in heart muscle, preventing potentially dangerous overactivity. — Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 25)

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