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ergotism (n.)

"disease caused by eating ergot-infected breadstuffs," 1816; see ergot + -ism.

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Definitions of ergotism

ergotism (n.)
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;
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