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Related to lathyrism: grass pea, Vapniarka


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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BAPN was used to produce local lathyrism in healing of flexor tendon of chicken tendon but treated tissue did not reveal gross changes in physical properties of scar tissue.
It also has a high level of Beta-N-Oxalyl- aminoalanine, a neurotoxic aminoacid in the legume, which is responsible for Lathyrism.
Its continued consumption in appreciable quantities for a period of 2-3 months causes progressive spastic paralysis of lower limbs, which is commonly referred to as lathyrism.
The pea family, specifically the grass pea (Lathyrus sativus), is also a source of poisonous compounds such as the neurotoxin ODAP, which is responsible for lathyrism, a neurological disease.
The effect of lathyrism on dentin structure of the rat incisors: a morphometric and scanning electron microscopic investigation.
Severe forms of the string halt have been attributed to lathyrism (sweet pea poisoning) in USA and possibly to flat weed (Hypochoeris radicata) intoxication in Australia (Domange et al.
Studies had linked lathyrism to consumption of certain species of legumes that contained the compound ([beta]-N-oxalylamino-L-alanine (BOAA).
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