ergot

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noun er·got \ˈər-gət, -ˌgät\

Definition of ergot

  1. 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. 2 :  a disease of rye and other cereals caused by an ergot fungus

  3. 3a :  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

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Origin and Etymology of ergot

French, literally, cock's spur


First Known Use: 1683


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ergot

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noun er·got \ˈər-gət, -ˌgät\

Medical Definition of ergot

  1. 1a:  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. 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. 3a:  the dried sclerotial bodies of an ergot fungus grown on rye and containing several ergot alkaloidsb:  ergot alkaloid

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