ergonovine

noun

er·​go·​no·​vine ˌər-gə-ˈnō-ˌvēn How to pronounce ergonovine (audio)
: an alkaloid C19H23N3O2 derived from ergot and used especially in the form of its maleate as an oxytocic

Word History

Etymology

ergo- + Latin novus new — more at new

First Known Use

circa 1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ergonovine was circa 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Ergonovine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergonovine. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

ergonovine

noun
er·​go·​no·​vine ˌər-gə-ˈnō-ˌvēn How to pronounce ergonovine (audio) -vən How to pronounce ergonovine (audio)
: an alkaloid that is derived from ergot, has similar pharmacological action but reduced toxicity and a greater capacity to induce muscular contractions of the uterus, and is used especially in the form of its maleate C19H23N3O2·C4H4O4 to prevent or treat postpartum bleeding

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