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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

lathyritic play \ˌla-thə-ˈri-tik\ adjective


Origin of lathyrism

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


First Known Use: circa 1888


Medical Dictionary

lathyrism

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noun lath·y·rism \ˈlath-ə-ˌriz-əm\

Medical Definition of lathyrism

  1. :  a neurotoxic disorder chiefly affecting people and domestic animals (such as cows and horses) that is characterized especially by irreversible spastic paralysis of the hind or lower limbs and that results from poisoning by an amino acid found in some legumes of the genus Lathyrus (especially L. sativus)




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