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A disease of humans and animals caused by eating legumes of the genus Lathyrus and characterized by spastic paralysis, hyperesthesia, and paresthesia.

[From New Latin Lathyrus, genus name, from Greek lathuros, a type of pea, from Akkadian ladiru, type of plant.]


(Pathology) a neurological disease often resulting in weakness and paralysis of the legs: caused by eating the pealike seeds of the leguminous plant Lathyrus sativus


(ˈlæθ əˌrɪz əm)

a painful disorder esp. of domestic animals caused by ingestion of a poison found in certain legumes of the genus Lathyrus and marked by spastic paralysis.
[1885–90; < New Latin Lathyr(us) (< Greek láthyros a kind of pea)]
lath`y•rit′ic (-ˈrɪt ɪk) adj.
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Onset in late childhood or early adolescence is seen in certain epilepsy syndromes (3,5), autoimmune diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (23), Sydenham chorea and other complications of group A streptococcal infections (24), and some nutritional toxicities such as konzo (25) and neurolathyrism (26).
It has been known to cause neurolathyrism which is characterized by the paralysis of the legs and has many qualities that are similar to Parkinsons disease.