noun Date: circa 1841 a toxic condition produced by eating grain, grain products (as rye bread), or grasses infected with ergot fungus or by chronic excessive use of an ergot drug

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  • Ergotism — could be called a cereal killer for its cause, ergot, comes from cereals such as rye and wheat and is quite capable of killing someone. A fungus (Claviceps purpurea) that contaminates rye and wheat produces substances (alkaloids) termed… …   Medical dictionary

  • Ergotism — Er go*tism, n. [F. ergotisme, fr. L. ergo.] A logical deduction. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ergotism — Er got*ism, n. [From {Ergot}, n.; cf. F. ergotisme.] (Med.) A diseased condition produced by eating rye affected with the ergot fungus. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ergotism — [ʉr′gət iz΄əm] n. an acute or chronic poisoning resulting from the excessive or improper use of ergot or the eating of grain or grain products infested with ergot fungus …   English World dictionary

  • Ergotism — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = DiseasesDB = 30715 ICD10 = ICD10|T|62|2|t|51 ICD9 = ICD9|988.2 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = eMedicineTopic = MeshID = D004881 Ergotism is the effect of long term ergot poisoning,… …   Wikipedia

  • ergotism — ERGOTÍSM1 s.n. (livr.) Manie de a şicana, de a sâcâi, de a agasa. – Din fr. ergotisme. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  ERGOTÍSM2 s.n. Boală provocată de consumarea cerealelor atacate de cornul secarei; intoxicaţie cu ergotină …   Dicționar Român

  • ergotism — (er got izm) The disease or toxic condition caused by eating grain infected with ergot; it is often accompanied by gangrene, psychotic delusions, nervous spasms, abortion, and convulsions in humans and in animals …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • ergotism — /err geuh tiz euhm/, n. Pathol. a condition caused by eating rye or some other grain that is infected with ergot fungus or by taking an overdose of a medicine containing ergot, characterized by cramps, spasms, and a form of gangrene. [1850 55;… …   Universalium

  • ergotism — noun The effect of long term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus which infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline based drugs.… …   Wiktionary

  • ergotism — n. medical condition caused by ingestion of wheat contaminated with the ergot fungus …   English contemporary dictionary

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