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fagopyrism

noun fag·o·py·rism \ ˌfag-ō-ˈpī-ˌriz-əm \
variants: also fagopyrismus play \-ˌpī-ˈriz-məs\

medical Definition of fagopyrism

plural fagopyrisms also fagopyrismuses
: a photosensitization especially of swine and sheep that is due to eating large quantities of buckwheat (especially Fagopyrum esculentum of the family Polygonaceae) and that appears principally on the nonpigmented parts of the skin as an intense redness and swelling with severe itching and the formation of vesicles and later sores and scabs — compare bighead b, hypericism

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