A disease similar to lathyrism, believed to be due to poisoning by seeds of the corn cockle, Lychnis githago. [L. gith, a plant, Roman coriander, + ago, to drive]

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gith·a·gism (githґə-jiz-əm) poisoning from seeds of Agrostemma githago that contaminate human or animal food; called also corn cockle poisoning.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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