favism

noun
fav·​ism | \ ˈfä-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce favism (audio) \

Definition of favism

: a condition especially of males of Mediterranean descent that is marked by the development of hemolytic anemia upon consumption of fava beans or inhalation of fava bean pollen and is caused by a usually inherited deficiency of glucose-6-phosphate

First Known Use of favism

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of favism was circa 1927

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“Favism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favism. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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favism

noun
fa·​vism | \ ˈfä-ˌviz-əm How to pronounce favism (audio) , ˈfā- How to pronounce favism (audio) \

Medical Definition of favism

: a condition especially of males of Mediterranean descent that is marked by the development of hemolytic anemia upon consumption of broad beans or inhalation of broad bean pollen and is caused by a usually inherited deficiency of glucose-6-phosphate

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