ergot

noun er·got \ ˈər-gət , -ˌgät \

Definition of ergot

1 :the black or dark purple sclerotium of fungi (genus Claviceps) that occurs as a club-shaped body replacing the seed of a grass (such as rye); also :a fungus bearing ergots
2 :a disease of rye and other cereals caused by an ergot fungus
3 a :the dried sclerotia of an ergot fungus grown on rye and containing several alkaloids (such as ergonovine and ergotamine)
b :any of such alkaloids used medicinally for their contractile effect on smooth muscle (as of the uterus and or blood vessels)

ergotic

play \(ˌ)ər-ˈgä-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of ergot

French, literally, cock's spur


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ergot

noun er·got \ ˈər-gət , -ˌgät \

medical Definition of ergot

1 a :the black or dark purple sclerotium of fungi of the genus Claviceps that occurs as a club-shaped body which replaces the seed of various grasses (as rye)
b :any fungus of the genus Claviceps
2 :a disease of rye and other cereals caused by fungi of the genus Claviceps and characterized by the presence of ergots in the seed heads — compare ergotism
3 a :the dried sclerotial bodies of an ergot fungus grown on rye and containing several ergot alkaloids

ergotic

play \(ˌ)ər-ˈgät-ik\ adjective

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