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saxitoxin

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noun saxi·tox·in \ˌsak-sə-ˈtäk-sən\

Medical Definition of saxitoxin

  1. :  a potent nonprotein neurotoxin C10H17N7O4·2HCl that originates especially in dinoflagellates (as of the genera Alexandrium, Gymnodinium, and Pyrodinium) found in red tides and causes paralytic shellfish poisoning when ingested in contaminated shellfish




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