ergotism

noun
er·​got·​ism | \ˈər-gə-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of ergotism 

: a toxic condition produced by eating grain, grain products (such as rye bread), or grasses infected with ergot fungus or by chronic excessive use of an ergot drug

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Experts now know that those symptoms are common among people with convulsive ergotism, or ergot poisoning, which is caused by a fungus that can grow on wheat, rye, and other similar grains. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "The Surprising Medical Origins of Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and More Spooky Characters," 2 Oct. 2017

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circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

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ergotism

noun
er·​got·​ism | \ˈər-gət-ˌiz-əm \

Medical Definition of ergotism 

: a toxic condition produced by eating grain, grain products (as rye bread), or grasses infected with ergot fungus or by chronic excessive use of an ergot drug

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