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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.]
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(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
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lath•y•rism(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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