Definition of ergometrine in English:

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ergometrine

Pronunciation: /ˌərɡəˈmetrēn/

noun

Chemistry
An alkaloid present in ergot. An amide of lysergic acid, it has oxytocic activity and is given to control bleeding after childbirth.
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: er·go·met·rine

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