fagopyrism

noun

fag·​o·​py·​rism ˌfag-ō-ˈpī-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce fagopyrism (audio)
variants also fagopyrismus
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 unpigmented 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 sense b, hypericism

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“Fagopyrism.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/fagopyrism. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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