Talk:Viagra

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व्याघ्रः ?[edit]

Does anybody know if the name has to do with Sanskrit व्याघ्रः ? Thanks. --82.198.250.69 10:57, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

The word for tiger in Sanskrit (व्याघ्रः, vyāghraḥ), Hindi (व्याघ्र, vyāghra) and some other Indian languages is very similar to the word Viagra. Long ago I was told that was the origin of the name of the drug because of the strength associated with the feline but I have never found reliable proof of it. Does anybody know if the similarity is just a mere coincidence or not? Thanks. --82.198.250.69 10:57, 10 February 2010 (UTC) --82.198.250.69 10:41, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
Viagra is a brand name, so they chose how they wanted to name it. So they certainly could have looked to Sanskrit, but I'd like to see some evidence first. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:38, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
According to several dictionaries from Oxford, the name is a blend of virility + Niagara. --Vahagn Petrosyan 11:48, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
Then the link to Sanskrit does not seem to do with the origin of the name of the drug. Just a coincidence and nothing more. Many thanks, Vahagn Petrosyan. --82.198.250.6 10:08, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
According to the OED online, it seems the virility + Niagara link has been refuted. Vyāghraḥ there is listed as at least possible. Who knows? 68.53.228.79 06:18, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

Note that the Sanskrit vyAghra means 'who tears apart' says http://judithweingarten.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-tiger-and-tigris-got-their-names.html —This unsigned comment was added by 78.190.137.117 (talk) at 11:48, 30 November 2011 (UTC).


Well, if you look in spokensanskrit.de, vyagra in Sanskrit means:

व्यग्र vyagra adj. engrossed, excited, agitated

I think there should be no doubt about the reason this name was chosen :-)

Of course you can consider also vyaghra, which means tiger, but there is an additional "h" which is absent in the brand name viagra.

—This unsigned comment was added by 46.18.27.2 (talk) at 09:55, 27 July 2012 (UTC).