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Pronunciation: ă-trip′li-sizm

Definition: A triple genus includes saltbush, quail brush, and wild spinach. Intoxication caused by the ingestion of certain species of Atriplex, a plant eaten as a green vegetable (like spinach) 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]

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