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lathyrism Syllabification: lath·y·rism
Pronunciation: /ˈlaTHəˌrizəm/

Definition of lathyrism in English:


A tropical disease marked by tremors, muscular weakness, and paraplegia, especially prevalent in South Asia. It is commonly attributed to continued consumption of the seeds of the grass pea.
Example sentences
  • Another similar disease, lathyrism, is due to toxicity from chickling peas.
  • From time to time there is an outbreak of a paralysing disease, lathyrism, among people and animals that consume it.
  • Acute lathyrism is not an appropriate model for periodontitis which has a chronic origin.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Lathyrus (genus name of various leguminous plants) + -ism.

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