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lathyrism

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noun lath·y·rism \ˈla-thə-ˌri-zəm\

Definition of lathyrism

  1. :  a diseased condition of humans, domestic animals, and especially horses that results from poisoning by an amino acid found in some legumes (genus Lathyrus and especially L. sativus) and is characterized especially by spastic paralysis of the hind or lower limbs

lath·y·rit·ic play \ˌla-thə-ˈri-tik\ adjective


Origin of lathyrism

New Latin Lathyrus, from Greek lathyros, a type of pea


First Known Use: circa 1888


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lathyrism

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noun lath·y·rism \ˈlath-ə-ˌriz-əm\

Medical Definition of lathyrism

  1. :  a diseased condition of humans, domestic animals, and especially horses that results from poisoning by an amino acid found in some legumes of the genus Lathyrus (especially L. sativus) and is characterized especially by spastic paralysis of the hind or lower limbs




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