ergotism

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ergotism

 [er´go-tizm]
chronic poisoning produced by ingestion of ergot, marked by cerebrospinal symptoms, spasm, cramps, a kind of dry gangrene of the extremities, and burning pain related to intense peripheral vasoconstriction.

er·got·ism

(er'got-izm),
Poisoning by a toxic substance contained in the sclerotia of the fungus, Claviceps purpurea, growing on rye grass; characterized by necrosis of the extremities (gangrene) due to contraction of the peripheral vascular bed.
See also: ergot poisoning.
Synonym(s): Saint Anthony fire (1)

ergotism

/er·got·ism/ (er´go-tizm) chronic poisoning produced by ingestion of ergot, marked by cerebrospinal symptoms, spasms, cramps, or by a kind of dry gangrene.

ergotism

(ûr′gə-tĭz′əm)
n.
Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.

ergotism

[ur′gətiz′əm]
Etymology: L, argota, a grain fungus
1 an acute or chronic disease caused by excessive dosages of medications containing ergot. Symptoms may include cerebrospinal manifestations such as spasms, cramps, and dry gangrene.
2 a chronic disease caused by ingestion of cereal products made with rye flour contaminated by ergot fungus.

ergotism

A condition caused by an excess of ergot compounds, derived from Claviceps purpura, resulting in intense vasoconstriction and gangrene of extremities

er·got·ism

(ĕr'got-izm)
Poisoning by a toxic substance contained in the sclerotia of the fungus Claviceps purpurea, growing on cereal rye; characterized by necrosis of the extremities (gangrene) due to contraction of the peripheral vascular bed.
Synonym(s): ergot poisoning, Saint Anthony fire (1) .

ergotism

Poisoning by the ERGOT fungus. This can cause abortion, burning pain in the limbs and closure of major arteries by sustained spasm so that the blood flow is obstructed and GANGRENE may follow.

St. Anthony the Abbot,

patron saint of domestic animals, gravediggers, and hermits.
St. Anthony fire - any of several inflammations or gangrenous skin conditions. Synonym(s): ergotism; Milian sign

ergotism

see rye ergot1.