Definition of ergometrine in English:

ergometrine

Line breaks: ergo|met¦rine
Pronunciation: /ˌəːgə(ʊ)ˈmɛtriːn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • An alkaloid present in ergot. An amide of lysergic acid, it has oxytocic activity and is given to control bleeding after childbirth.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

1930s: from ergot + Greek mētra 'womb' + -ine4.

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