ci·​gua·​tera | \ ˌsē-gwə-ˈter-ə How to pronounce ciguatera (audio) , ˌsi- \

Definition of ciguatera

: poisoning caused by the ingestion of various normally edible tropical fish in whose flesh a toxic substance (such as one produced by some dinoflagellates) has accumulated

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Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, people who eat blue tangs have been known to develop a serious foodborne illness called ciguatera poisoning. National Geographic, "Blue tang," 28 Feb. 2020 People are afraid to eat them because of their association with ciguatera, a dinoflagellate that can cause intestinal distress., "Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Day 2 results," 23 July 2017 According to the paper, more than half the samples identified as a substitute species carried a health risk, including parasites, chemicals, and toxins such as ciguatera, which can cause neurological problems. Paul Sutherland, National Geographic, "That Fish on Your Dinner Plate May Be an Endangered Species," 9 Sep. 2016 Higher temperatures and rainfall changes would increase the prevalence of diseases like dengue fever and ciguatera poisoning. Mike Ives, New York Times, "A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas," 2 July 2016

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First Known Use of ciguatera

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ciguatera

American Spanish, from ciguato person ill with ciguatera, perhaps from cigua sea snail

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The first known use of ciguatera was in 1862

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“Ciguatera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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ci·​gua·​tera | \ ˌsē-gwə-ˈter-ə, ˌsig- How to pronounce ciguatera (audio) \

Medical Definition of ciguatera

: poisoning caused by the ingestion of various normally edible tropical fish in whose flesh a toxic substance (as one produced by some dinoflagellates) has accumulated

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