gitoxin


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gitoxin

[jə′täk·sən]
(pharmacology)
C41H64O14 A secondary glycoside derived from Digitalis purpurea, crystallizes in stout prisms from chloroform methanol solution, soluble in a mixture of chloroform and alcohol; used in medicine for coronary disease.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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cardiac glycosides: Steroid glycosides that have stimulative effects on the heart, for example digitoxin, digoxin, and gitoxin from the foxglove (Digitalis spp.); help to support the rate and strength of the heart's contraction when it is failing, and are strongly diuretic (increase urine output).