ergonovine

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noun er·go·no·vine \ˌər-gə-ˈnō-ˌvēn\

Definition of ergonovine

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

Origin and Etymology of ergonovine

ergo- + Latin novus new — more at new


First Known Use: circa 1936


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ergonovine

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noun er·go·no·vine \ˌər-gə-ˈnō-ˌvēn, -vən\

Medical Definition of ergonovine

  1. :  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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