/lath"euh riz'euhm/, n. Pathol.
a disorder of humans and domestic animals caused by ingestion of the seeds of some legumes of the genus Lathyrus and marked by spastic paralysis and pain.
[1885-90; < NL Lathyr(us) genus name ( < Gk láthyros a kind of pea) + -ISM]

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