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ergot

er·got

ergot

 
pronunciation:
uhr gt
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fungal disease that infects the flowering stems of cereal plants and replaces the grains with hard, dark, fungal bodies.
definition 2: the grainlike masses produced by the ergot fungus, or the toxin they contain, which causes circulatory arrest in humans.
definition 3: a drug derived from the ergot fungal toxin and used to control bleeding.