Problem

Ergotism

Nature:

Ergotism (pron. UR-gət-iz-əm) is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus—from the Latin clava "club" or clavus "nail" and -ceps for "head", i.e. the purple club-headed fungus—that infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs. It is also known as ergotoxicosis, ergot poisoning, and Saint Anthony's fire.

Broader Problems:
Mycotoxicoses
Mycotoxicoses
Subject(s):
Societal Problems Poison
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST