The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ergotism \Er"go*tism\, n. [F. ergotisme, fr. L. ergo.]
A logical deduction. [Obs.]
--Sir T. Browne.
Ergotism \Er"got*ism\, n. [From Ergot, n.; cf. F. ergotisme.] (Med.) A diseased condition produced by eating rye affected with the ergot fungus.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Etymology 1 n. The effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the ''Claviceps purpurea'' fungus which infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs. Etymology 2
n. A logical deduction.
n. poisoning by ingestion of ergot-infected grain products; characterized by thirst and diarrhea and nausea and craming and vomiting and abnormal cardiac rhythms; in severe cases it can cause seizures and gangrene of the limbs
Ergotism (pron. ) is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus that infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs. It is also known as ergotoxicosis, ergot poisoning and Saint Anthony's Fire. Ergot poisoning is a proposed explanation of bewitchment.
Usage examples of "ergotism".
At first I was hoping this new fungus would make the same mix of alkaloids as Claviceps so it would prove ergotism was the culprit.