- An intoxication caused by the ingestion of certain species of Atriplex, eaten as greens in China; it is marked by pain and swelling of the fingers, spreading to the forearm; bullae and ulcers form, and the fingers may become gangrenous. [L. atriplex (-plic-), the orach, a vegetable]
* * *atrip·li·cism (ə-tripґlĭ-siz-əm) selenium poisoning in livestock produced by eating Atriplex littoralis or other species grown in selenium-rich soil.
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Atriplex — Atrip·lex (ə tripґleks) a genus of herbs and shrubs. A. littoraґlis and other species are commonly fed to livestock, but in selenium rich soils they may absorb large amounts of selenium and be a cause of atriplicism, a form of selenium… … Medical dictionary