ergotism

noun
er·​got·​ism | \ ˈər-gə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce ergotism (audio) \

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

Examples of ergotism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 2 Oct. 2017

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circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Ergotism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergotism. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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ergotism

noun
er·​got·​ism | \ ˈər-gət-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce ergotism (audio) \

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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