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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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