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paralytic shellfish poisoning

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noun paralytic shell·fish poisoning \-ˈshel-ˌfish-\

Medical Definition of paralytic shellfish poisoning

  1. :  food poisoning that results from consumption of shellfish and especially 2-shelled mollusks (as clams, mussels, or scallops) contaminated with dinoflagellates causing red tide and that is characterized by paresthesia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, muscle weakness, and sometimes paralysis which may lead to respiratory failure




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