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adonis

Pronunciation: ă-don′is

Definition: Medicinal herb obtained from Adonis vernalis (family Ranunculaceae), grown in eastern Europe and used there in the treatment of congestive heart failure. Contains strophanthidin and related cardiotonic glycosides.

Synonym(s): false hellebore

[G. Adōnis, mythical figure, fr. Phoenicial adon, lord]

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