ergonovine

noun
er·​go·​no·​vine | \ ˌər-gə-ˈnō-ˌvēn How to pronounce ergonovine (audio) \

Definition of ergonovine

: an alkaloid C19H23N3O2 derived from ergot and used especially in the form of its maleate as an oxytocic

First Known Use of ergonovine

circa 1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ergonovine

ergo- + Latin novus new — more at new

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The first known use of ergonovine was circa 1936

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“Ergonovine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergonovine. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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ergonovine

noun
er·​go·​no·​vine | \ ˌər-gə-ˈnō-ˌvēn How to pronounce ergonovine (audio) , -vən How to pronounce ergonovine (audio) \

Medical Definition of ergonovine

: 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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