Definitions

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  • n. anemia resulting from eating fava beans; victims have an inherited blood abnormality and enzyme deficiency

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Examples

  • A quick thought on the use of fava beans: the most common enzymatic deficiency in the world is called favism or g6pd deficiency, and tends to be common among those of Mediterranean descent.

    FOOD PHOTOS AND EXPERIMENTS FROM THIS WEEK

  • Certain people with an inherited blood abnormality develop a serious disorder called favism, if they eat these beans or even inhale their pollen.

    Pythagoras

  • Some people of eastern Mediterranean and southern Italian origins suffer from a hereditary enzyme deficiency called favism, the symptoms of which, anemia, jaundice, fever, and diarrhea, can be brought on by eating fava beans.55 These beans had been grown in Languedoc long before seeds of Phaseolus beans were brought there from Spain at the end of the sixteenth century.

    Savoring The Past

  • To make matters worse, some people have an extreme allergic reaction to fava skins, called favism.

    Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: Ful For Love

  • Interestingly, fava beans are widely known as a major trigger substance, leading to the oft-used colloquial name of favism for the disorder and the intriguing historical speculation that "favism has been known to exist since antiquity; the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras was said to have warned his disciples against the dangers of eating fava beans."

    Randall Amster: The Most Common Disease You've Never Heard Of

  • (Interestingly, fava beans are widely known as a major trigger substance, leading to the oft-used colloquial name of favism for the disorder and the intriguing historical speculation that "favism has been known to exist since antiquity; the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras was said to have warned his disciples against the dangers of eating fava beans.")

    Randall Amster: The Most Common Disease You've Never Heard Of

  • Vicine and convicine in the fava bean cause a blood-cell-destroying anemia, favism, in susceptible people p.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Favism Eating fava beans is the cause of a serious disease, favism, in people who have an inherited deficiency of a particular enzyme.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Pythagoras, it's hypothesized, may have been a secret sufferer of favism.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Unlike Pythagoras, chances are good that none of them even had favism.

    NPR Topics: News

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