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  • n. A powerful astringent alkaloid extracted from ergot as a brown, amorphous, bitter substance. It is used to produce contraction of the uterus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A powerful astringent alkaloid extracted from ergot as a brown, amorphous, bitter substance. It is used to produce contraction of the uterus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An amorphous alkaloid of ergot.
  • n. An aqueous extract of ergot, purified of albumen and gum, and evaporated to a soft extract: specifically called Bonjean's ergotine.
  • n. An extract of ergot soluble in alcohol but insoluble in water or ether.

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