Definition of Ergotism

1. Noun. Poisoning by ingestion of ergot-infected grain products; characterized by thirst and diarrhea and nausea and cramping and vomiting and abnormal cardiac rhythms; in severe cases it can cause seizures and gangrene of the limbs.




Definition of Ergotism

1. n. A logical deduction.

2. n. A diseased condition produced by eating rye affected with the ergot fungus.

Definition of Ergotism

1. 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. ¹

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Definition of Ergotism

1. poisoning produced by eating ergot-infected grain [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ergotism

1. Chronic poisoning from excessive or misdirected use of ergot as a medicine or from eating ergotised grain, it is marked by cerebrospinal symptoms, spasms and cramps or by a kind of dry gangrene. Synonym: St. Anthony's Fire. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ergotism

ergot alkaloid-associated heart disease
ergot alkaloids
ergot poisoning
ergotamine
ergotamine derivatives
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ergotine
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ergotism (current term)
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Literary usage of Ergotism

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1. The Geography of Disease by Frank Gerard Clemow (1903)
"ergotism. Characters and Etiology. ergotism is the name given to a group of symptoms which follow on the consumption of ergot. Ergot is a substance produced ..."

2. Food Poisoning by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1917)
"Thus far the best-known examples of poisoning by the products of micro-organisms are botulism and ergotism. ergotism ergotism or ergot poisoning is due to ..."

3. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"Only one outbreak of ergotism in England (due to wheat) has been ... The literature on the chemistry of ergot is as voluminous as that on ergotism. ..."

4. A History of Epidemics in Britain by Charles Creighton (1891)
"... with these German, Swedish and Russian outbreaks of convulsive ergotism, ... but the French ergotism has retained its old type of ignis or gangrene. ..."

5. Orr's Circle of the Sciences: A Series of Treatires on the Principles of by Richard Owen, Wm S Orr, John Radford Young, Alexander Jardine, Robert Gordon Latham, Edward Smith, William Sweetland Dallas (1856)
"As I have already remarked, the condition of ergotism is most prevalent in respect of rye ... diseases consequent upon ergotism are uncommon with us. ..."

6. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1884)
"This phenomenon is applicable to animals with which ergotism has been observed during ... The epidemic showed itself as acute febrile, convulsive ergotism. ..."

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