noun Pathology.
a condition caused by eating rye or some other grain that is infected with ergot fungus or by taking an overdose of a medicine containing ergot, characterized by cramps, spasms, and a form of gangrene.

1850–55; ergot + -ism Unabridged
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ergotism (ˈɜːɡəˌtɪzəm)
Also called: Saint Anthony's fire ergot poisoning, producing either burning pains and eventually gangrene in the limbs or itching skin and convulsions

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ergotism er·got·ism (ûr'gə-tĭz'əm)
Poisoning caused by consuming ergot-infected grain or grain products, or from excessive use of drugs containing ergot.

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