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tetrodotoxin

noun te·tro·do·tox·in \te-ˌtrō-də-ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of TETRODOTOXIN

:  a neurotoxin C11H17N3O8 found especially in puffer fish that blocks nerve conduction by suppressing permeability of the nerve fiber to sodium ions
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Origin of TETRODOTOXIN

International Scientific Vocabulary tetrodo- (from New Latin Tetrodon, genus of tropical marine fishes) + toxin
First Known Use: 1911
Medical Dictionary

tetrodotoxin

noun te·tro·do·tox·in \te-ˌtrōd-ə-ˈtäk-sən\

Medical Definition of TETRODOTOXIN

:  a neurotoxin C11H17N3O8 that is found especially in pufferfishes and that blocks nerve conduction by suppressing permeability of the nerve fiber to sodium ions

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