ergotism

[ UK /ˈɜːɡətˌɪzəm/ ]
[ US /ˈɝɡəˌtɪzəm/ ]
NOUN
  1. 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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How To Use ergotism In A Sentence

  • The condition called ergotism or St. Anthony’s fire, common in medieval Europe, was caused by a mycotoxin produced by a mold that grew in rye bread. HOME COMFORTS
  • Indeed Safire should be remembered, not only as a man passionate about language, but as a civil and urbane conservative who, I would like to believe, was as appalled by the current outbreak of right-wing political ergotism as am I. Archive 2009-09-01
  • But at the time, no scientist had connected those black seed grains with ergotism.
  • The use of ergot alkaloids is generally not advised during lactation, but this recommendation is based on a report of ergotism in an infant in a 1934 study and has not been confirmed by more recent detailed studies.
  • But there appears to be no precedent at all for the current outbreak of political ergotism. Archive 2009-09-01
  • Finally there are the everyday bits and pieces of life on earth in the new millennium — a smorgasbord of climate change, natural and unnatural disasters, the political ergotism presently infecting America, animal news, poetry, technology, good books and better gossip. Archive 2009-12-01
  • When 40,000 people died of ergotism (caused by a toxic mould on wheat) in southern France in AD944, nobody would have described it as a ‘food scare’.
  • I have a book on poisons that suggests that the Black Death may have been brought on by immunocompromisation due to widespread ergotism that year... seanan_mcguire: 100 Books That Rocked My World, 2009 Edition.
  • One of the main illnesses treated at the hospital was ergotism (called ‘St. Anthony's Fire ’), a disease caused by ergot, a fungus that grows especially on rye.
  • Mold-induced food poisoning called ergot or ergotism. 歪酷博客 Ycool Blog
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