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lathyrism

 [lath´ĭ-rizm]
a morbid condition caused by ingestion of the seeds of leguminous plants of the genus Lathyrus, which includes many kinds of peas; characteristics include spastic paraplegia, pain, hyperesthesia, and paresthesias. Chronic exposure is associated with dissecting aneurysms due to the adverse effect on collagen formation. Fatal lathyrism has been seen in rats and nonhuman primates. adj., adj lathyrit´ic.
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lath·y·rism

(lath'i-rizm),
A disease occurring in Ethiopia, Algeria, and India, characterized by various nervous manifestations, tremors, spastic paraplegia, and paresthesias; prevalent in districts where vetches, khasari (Lathyrus sativus), and allied species comprise the main food. Experimentally, a form of bone disease induced in laboratory animals by feeding L. sativus peas, or a principle derived from them, especially β-aminoproprionitrile.
[L. lathyrus, vetch]
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lathyrism

(lăth′ə-rĭz′əm)
n.
A disease of humans and animals caused by eating legumes of the genus Lathyrus and characterized by spastic paralysis, hyperesthesia, and paresthesia.
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lath·y·rism

(lath'i-rizm)
A disease that occurs in Ethiopia, Algeria, and India, characterized by various nervous manifestations, tremors, spastic paraplegia, and paresthesias; prevalent in districts where vetches, khasari (Lathyrus sativus), and allied species are the main food.
[L. lathyrus, vetch]
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lathyrism

Spastic paralysis with loss of sensation in the legs caused by poisoning with vetch (Lathyrus peas). Lathyrism occurs in some parts of India.
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