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er·got·ism

 (ûr′gə-tĭz′əm)
n.
Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.

ergotism

(ˈɜːɡəˌtɪzəm)
n
(Pathology) ergot poisoning, producing either burning pains and eventually gangrene in the limbs or itching skin and convulsions. Also called: Saint Anthony's fire

er•got•ism

(ˈɜr gəˌtɪz əm)

n.
poisoning from excessive medication with ergot or from eating grain contaminated with ergot fungus.
[1850–55]

ergotism

a condition caused by eating rye or some other grain infected with ergot fungus or by an overdose of an ergot medicinal agent.
See also: Poison
the practice or habit of quibbling and wrangling; sophistical reasoning. — ergotize, v.
See also: Argumentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ergotism - poisoning by ingestion of ergot-infected grain products; characterized by thirst and diarrhea and nausea and cramping and vomiting and abnormal cardiac rhythms; in severe cases it can cause seizures and gangrene of the limbs
intoxication, poisoning, toxic condition - the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
Translations

ergotism

[ˈɜːgətɪzəm] Nergotismo m

ergotism

n (Med) → Mutterkornvergiftung f, → Ergotismus m

er·got·ism

n. ergotismo, intoxicación crónica producida por el uso excesivo de alcaloides del cornezuelo de centeno.
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Scholars have offered a number of theories to explain the events; ergot poisoning and cold weather are just two of the most recent.
One theory about the girls' behaviour is that they were suffering from ergot poisoning.
But the girls' symptoms are typical of ergot poisoning, and when the supply of infected grain ran out, the delusions and persecution likewise disappeared.