saxitoxin


sax·i·tox·in

noun \ˌsak-sə-ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of SAXITOXIN

:  a potent nonprotein neurotoxin C10H17N7O4·2HCl that originates especially in dinoflagellates (genera Alexandrium, Gymnodinium, and Pyrodinium) found in red tides and that sometimes occurs in and renders toxic normally edible mollusks which feed on them

Origin of SAXITOXIN

saxi- (from New Latin Saxidomus giganteus, species of butter clam from which it is isolated) + toxin
First Known Use: 1962

saxi·tox·in

noun \ˌsak-sə-ˈtäk-sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAXITOXIN

: a potent nonprotein neurotoxin C10H17N7O4·2HCl that originates in dinoflagellates of the genus Gonyaulax found in red tides and that sometimes occurs in and renders toxic normally edible mollusks which feed on them

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