Kobert recognises two active substances in ergot, and two alone; the one he calls sphacelic acid, the other cornutin.
All the poisonous symptoms of ergot are induced from continuously partaking of bread made with ergotised flour.
The vegetable substances frequently used as abortives are savin and ergot.
To prevent this the ergot should be well dried, and then placed in bottles or tin canisters, and closely preserved from the air.
Fluid extract of ergot or tincture of the chlorid of iron, in ounce doses, may be selected.
According to M. Bonjean, this preparation possesses all the hmostatic without any of the poisonous qualities of ergot.
ergot of rye is used medicinally, and there is little doubt but that ergot in other grasses is equally active.
There was ergot in it, cleverly concealed by the natural smell and taste of the sauce.
Arsenic was known to them as "sam," aconite as "boschka," and ergot probably as "son."
The grasses, natural and artificial, are occasionally affected by a formidable and well-known fungus, the ergot.
fungal disease of rye and other grasses, 1680s, from French ergot, from Old French argot "cock's spur" (12c.), of unknown origin. The blight so called from the shape the fungus forms on the diseased grain. Ergotism "disease caused by eating ergot-infected breadstuffs," first recorded 1853. An alkaloid from the fungus, ergotamine (1921) is used to treat migraines.
ergot er·got (ûr'gət, -gŏt')
A fungus that infects various cereal plants and forms compact black masses of branching filaments that replace many of the grains of the host plant.
The dried sclerotia of ergot, usually obtained from rye seed and used as a source of several medicinally important alkaloids and as the basic source of lysergic acid.
A fungus (Claviceps purpurea) that infects rye as well as other cereal grasses fed to livestock. Ergot forms sclerotia (masses of hyphae) that replace individual seeds in the spike of the infected plant and contain a complex mixture of alkaloids, several of which are medicinally important. Ergot is the basic source of ergotamine and lysergic acid. Ingestion of infected rye produces convulsions, hallucinations, and severe vasoconstriction that can lead to gangrene. Ergot poisoning may have been responsible for outbreaks of mass hysteria and reports of demonic visions in medieval Europe.