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Medical Term:

ergotism

Pronunciation: er'got-izm

Definition: Poisoning by a toxic substance contained in the sclerotia of the fungus, Claviceps purpurea, growing on rye grass; characterized by necrosis of the extremities (gangrene) due to contraction of the peripheral vascular bed.

Synonym(s): Saint Anthony fire1

See Also: ergot poisoning

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