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- n. A cardiotoxic bufanolide steroid secreted by the common European toad (Bufo bufo) and other related toads such as Bufo melanostictus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An amorphous, bitter, poisonous compound, C119H171O25 (?), found in the parotid glands of the toad. It is very poisonous to toads, acting on the heart and stopping it in systole.
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Of animal cardiac poisons chemists were acquainted in particular with so-called bufotalin, which is present in the skin secretion of certain species of the toad genus Bufo.