lathyrism

noun
lath·​y·​rism | \ ˈla-thə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce lathyrism (audio) \

Definition of lathyrism

: 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 the seeds of some legumes (genus Lathyrus and especially L. sativus)

Other Words from lathyrism

lathyritic \ ˌla-​thə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce lathyrism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of lathyrism

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lathyrism

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

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The first known use of lathyrism was circa 1888

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“Lathyrism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lathyrism. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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lathyrism

noun
lath·​y·​rism | \ ˈlath-ə-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce lathyrism (audio) \

Medical Definition of lathyrism

: 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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