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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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.
Higher temperatures and rainfall changes would increase the prevalence of diseases like dengue fever and ciguatera poisoning.
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Origin and Etymology of ciguatera
American Spanish, from ciguato person ill with ciguatera, perhaps from cigua sea snail
First Known Use: 1862See Words from the same year
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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