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domoic acid

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noun do·mo·ic acid \də-ˈmō-ik-\

Definition of domoic acid

  1. :  a neurotoxin C15H21NO6 that is produced by some diatoms (especially genus Pseudo-nitzschia) and has caused poisoning in vertebrates (as sea lions, birds, and humans) that have consumed diatom-contaminated fish or shellfish



Origin and Etymology of domoic acid

Japanese dōmoi, the alga Chondria armata


First Known Use: 1982


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domoic acid

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noun do·mo·ic acid \də-ˈmō-ik-\

Medical Definition of domoic acid

  1. :  a neurotoxin analog C15H21NO6 of glutamic acid that is produced chiefly by marine diatoms (as Pseudo-nitzschia australis and Pseudo-nitzschia pungens) and has caused poisoning in sea mammals and birds and amnesic shellfish poisoning in humans who have consumed contaminated fish or shellfish




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