digitalis[dij′i tal′is; also, -tā′lis]
- any of a genus (Digitalis) of plants of the figwort family, with long spikes of thimblelike flowers; foxglove
- the dried leaves of a common digitalis plant (Digitalis purpurea) that usually has purple flowers
- a medicine made from these leaves, used as a heart stimulant
Origin of digitalisModern Latin foxglove ; from Classical Latin digitalis, belonging to the finger ; from digitus, a finger, digit: so named (1542) by L. Fuchs (see fuchsia), from its thimblelike flowers, after the German name fingerhut, thimble
- See foxglove.
- A drug prepared from the dried leaves of Digitalis purpurea, used as a cardiac stimulant.
Origin of digitalisLatin digitālis, of a finger (from the finger-shaped corollas of foxglove), from digitus, finger; see digit.