noun. ['ˈɝːgəˌtɪzəm'] 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.
- toxic condition
- -ism (English)
- ergot (English)
- ergot (French)
Words that Rhyme with Ergotism
Example sentences of the word ergotism
1. Noun, singular or mass
Diseases like mental illness and ergotism were seen as the devil’s handiwork.