EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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
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ergotism in England in 1676 is given also in Th. Ergotism or ergot poisoning is due to the use of rye that has become diseased through the attack of a fungus, Claviceps purpurea.
Thus far the best-known examples of poisoning by the products of micro-organisms are botulism and
With decomposed breads we take the poisons that produce pellagra, kak-ke,
ergotism and acrodinia.
This is a Latin letter by Dr. Baker, and gives a good history of the various epidemics of
ergotism. British Dictionary definitions for ergotism noun 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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n. Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.
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