from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ergot alkaloid, C17H23N3O2, used in the form of its maleate, that facilitates uterine muscle contraction and is used primarily after childbirth or abortion to treat or prevent uterine bleeding.

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  • noun Ergometrine.

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  • noun an alkaloid derived from ergot (trade name Ergotrate Maleate) that is less toxic than ergot; induces muscular contraction of the uterus and is administered after childbirth or abortion


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

[ergo(t) + Latin nov(us), new; see newo- in Indo-European roots + –ine.]


  • Especially useful is ergonovine, the N-(1( )-1-hydroxyisopropyl) amide of d-lysergic acid, which is employed commercially as an oxytocic agent.

    L.S.D., R.I.P.

  • If bleeding continues after 20 days of treatment, see a health worker It could be a serious problem. methyl ergonovine (Methergine)

    Chapter 37

  • It is the same drug as ergometrine and ergonovine.

    Chapter 37

  • Inject 0.5 mg of ergometrine in a large muscle, or give 0.2 mg of ergonovine by mouth every 6 hours for 4 to 7 days.

    Chapter 11

  • Methyl ergonovine causes contractions of the womb and its blood vessels and is used to control heavy bleeding after childbirth.

    Chapter 37

  • Change to ergonovine tablets as soon as bleeding is under control.

    Chapter 31

  • If there is no ergonovine or if heavy bleeding starts before the placenta comes out, inject oxytocin (Pitocin) instead.

    Chapter 26

  • In a case of heavy bleeding after the placenta has come out, inject one 0.2 mg. ampule (or give two 0.2 mg. tablets) of ergonovine or ergometrine maleate (Ergotrate, etc.) once every hour for 3 hours or until the bleeding is under control.

    Chapter 26

  • Pituitrin is similar to oxytocin, but more dangerous, and should never be used except in a case of emergency bleeding when oxytocin and ergonovine are not available.

    Chapter 31

  • Do not use ergonovine before the afterbirth comes out, as this may prevent it from coming out.

    Chapter 31


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