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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ergot alkaloid, C32H40BrN5O5, that slows dopamine turnover and inhibits prolactin secretion and is used to treat Parkinson's disease and to retard the growth of various pituitary tumors.

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  • n. An ergoline derivative and dopamine agonist used in the treatment of pituitary tumours and Parkinson's disease.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

bromo- + (ergo)cryptine, alkaloid derived from ergotoxine (a poisonous alkaloid found in the ergot) (from German Ergokryptin : Ergo(t), ergot + Greek kruptos, hidden; see cryptic + -in, -in).

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