konzo

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kon·zo

(kon'zō),
An upper motor neuron disease caused by cyanide, manifested principally as spastic paraplegia, seen in Africa, and resulting from the consumption of improperly prepared cassava roots, which contain high concentrations of cyanogenetic glucosides.
[Yaka, tired legs]
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konzo

An upper motor neuron spastic paraparesis described in Africa and caused by cyanide poisoning, related to consumption of carbohydrate-rich cassava; in droughts, cassava produces more cyanogenic glycosides and, due to the food shortage, food manufacturers take short-cuts in the steps designed to remove the cyanide.
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kon·zo

(kon'zō)
A cyanide-caused upper motor neuron disease manifested principally as spastic paraplegia, seen in Africa; results from the consumption of improperly prepared cassava roots, which contain high concentrations of cyanogenetic glucosides.
[Yaka, tired legs]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
Mantakassa: an epidemic of spastic paraparesis associated with chronic cyanide intoxication in a cassava staple area of Mozambique: epidemiology and clinical and laboratory findings in patients.