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[ur-guh-tiz-uh m] /ˈɜr gəˌtɪz əm/
noun, Pathology.
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.
Origin of ergotism
First recorded in 1850-55; ergot + -ism Unabridged
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ergot poisoning, producing either burning pains and eventually gangrene in the limbs or itching skin and convulsions Also called Saint Anthony's fire
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ergotism in Medicine

ergotism er·got·ism (ûr'gə-tĭz'əm)
Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.

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