ergotism

Definitions

  • Ergot
    Ergot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ergotism 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: LSD is made from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a type of fungus
    • n Ergotism (Med) A diseased condition produced by eating rye affected with the ergot fungus.
    • n Ergotism A logical deduction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ergotism The spur of rye; ergot.
    • n ergotism The morbid state induced by the excessive ingestion of ergot, as from the use of spurred or ergoted rye as food. Spasmodic and gangrenous forms are distinguished.
    • n ergotism A logical inference; a conclusion.
    • n ergotism Logical reasoning; ratiocination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ergotism poisoning caused by eating bread made of rye diseased with ergot
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Ergot (n.); cf. F. ergotisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

Ergot Same as for aconite.
"The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé" by Harry Houdini
Ergot is a very common disease of the cereals.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883" by Various
A peculiar characteristic of this condition is the state of the ergots and chestnuts.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
He had lately got knowledge of a root to which the same virtues were attached as to ergot of rye.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
Occasionally there would be an outbreak of a nervous disorder due to the ergot fungus growing in the rye used for bread.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The principal homeopathic remedies for this disease are ergot and cimicifuga, given in drop-doses of the tinctures.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
After the fetlock has been shorn of hair and the ergot trimmed, the skin is thoroughly cleansed and allowed to dry.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
It has also occurred in the fingers of patients who have taken ergot medicinally over long periods.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Ergot, in teaspoonful doses of the fluid extract, hamamelis, and gallic acid, all are valuable for this purpose.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The vegetable substances frequently used as abortives are savin and ergot.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
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