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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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.