Definition of Foxglove

1. Noun. Any of several plants of the genus Digitalis.




Definition of Foxglove

1. n. Any plant of the genus Digitalis. The common English foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a handsome perennial or biennial plant, whose leaves are used as a powerful medicine, both as a sedative and diuretic. See Digitalis.

Definition of Foxglove

1. Noun. (botany) ''Digitalis'', a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous biennials native to the Old World, certain of which are prized for their showy flowers. The drug digitalis or digoxin was first isolated from the plant. ¹

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Definition of Foxglove

1. a flowering plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Foxglove

1. The Foxglove is recognised as highly toxic due to the presence of cardiac glycosides (same active chemical in digoxin). It has been stated that 2-3 dried leaves is a toxic dose. Symptoms of digitalis poisoning include dizziness and vomiting (early signs), followed by cardiac arrhythmias (palpitations, fainting), disturbances in vision, delirium or hallucinations. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foxglove

fox squirrel
fox terrier
fox terriers
fox whistle
foxberries
foxberry
foxcore
foxed
foxery
foxes
foxes in the henhouse
foxfire
foxfires
foxfish
foxfishes
foxglove (current term)
foxglove family
foxgloves
foxhole
foxholes
foxhound
foxhounds
foxhunt
foxhunted
foxhunter
foxhunters
foxhunting
foxhuntings
foxhunts
foxie

Literary usage of Foxglove

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1. A Universal formulary: Containing the Methods of Preparing and Administering by Robert Eglesfeld Griffith (1866)
"E. Powdered foxglove, three to five grains. Solution of subacetate of lead, five drops. ... R. foxglove leaves, one ounce and a half Spirit of nitric ether, ..."

2. The principles and practice of medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor, Thomas Stevenson (1883)
"foxglove (DIGITALIS PURPUREA). Symptoms and Effects.—Cases of poisoning by foxglove are not ... foxglove is a well-known hedge-plant, growing abundantly in ..."

3. Dr. Chase's Family Physician, Farrier, Bee-keeper, and Second Receipt Book by Alvin Wood Chase (1874)
""Take foxglove" (leaves), "1 dr.; wild cherry-tree bark" (green) "lo?..; ... *Digitalis Purpurea is the Latin, or technical name, and foxglove, ..."

4. A Treatise on Poisons: In Relation to Medical Jurisprudence, Physiology, and by Robert Christison (1829)
"Of Poisoning with foxglove. foxglove, or Digitalis Purpurea, a plant which is common in this country both as a native and in gardens, possesses powerful and ..."

5. Lawns and Gardens: How to Plant and Beautify the Home Lot, the Pleasure by Nils Jönsson-Rose (1897)
"foxglove, Digitalis purpurea.—A very showy plant with simple, erect stems from three ... Large-flowered foxglove (D. ambigua) is less tall and has larger, ..."

6. Familiar Wild Flowers by Frederick Edward Hulme (1878)
"EW, perhaps, of our plants excel in beauty the graceful foxglove, the subject of the present plate, and it may fairly be considered a general favourite; ..."

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