[ fah-viz-uh m ]
/ ˈfɑ vɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

acute hemolytic anemia caused by ingestion or inhalation of fava bean pollen.

Origin of favism

1900–05; < Italian favismo, equivalent to fav(a) bean + -ismo -ism
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Medical definitions for favism

[ fāvĭz′əm ]


An acute hereditary condition in which the ingestion of certain species of beans, or the inhalation of the pollen of their flowers, causes fever, headache, abdominal pain, severe anemia, prostration, and coma.
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