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er•got•ism



Pronunciation: (ûr'gu-tiz"um), [key]
n. Pathol.
a condition caused by eating rye or some other grain that is infected with ergot fungus or by taking an overdose of a medicine containing ergot, characterized by cramps, spasms, and a form of gangrene.

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