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[mass noun] An alkaloid present in ergot. An amide of lysergic acid, it has oxytocic activity and is given to control bleeding after childbirth.
- ‘The studies reviewed used oxytocin, ergometrine, or a mixture of those drugs administered intravenously or intramuscularly immediately after delivery of the infant.’
- ‘Doctors seldom have an important role, except perhaps to provide reassurance, but they may need to administer a uterine contractant such as ergometrine.’
- ‘Thankfully, I delivered the placenta without difficulty, or ergometrine.’
- ‘In this trial, women tended to have a lower height of the uterine fundus from day 1 postpartum and had a significantly lower height on day 5 postpartum than those receiving ergometrine.’
1930s: from ergot + Greek mētra womb + -ine.
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