(redirected from Neurolathyrism)
Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to Neurolathyrism: aflatoxin, ergotism, Epidemic dropsy


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.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Its seeds and leaves contain a neurotoxic compound that can cause a debilitating disease known as neurolathyrism. This disease only appears in people who are malnourished and consume large amounts of grass pea over several months.
Pontecaille, "Protoplast, cell and tissue cultures for the biotechnological breeding of grass peas (Lathyrussativus L," Lathyrus and Neurolathyrism Newsletter, vol.