domoic acid

do·​mo·​ic acid | \ də-ˈmō-ik- How to pronounce domoic acid (audio) \

Definition of domoic acid

: a neurotoxin C15H21NO6 that is produced by some diatoms (especially genus Pseudo-nitzschia) and has caused poisoning in vertebrates (such as sea lions, birds, and humans) that have consumed diatom-contaminated fish or shellfish

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Recent Examples on the Web Nearly a year after digging closed last Oct. 30, biologists now say not only are domoic acid levels well below the danger point, but clams are the most abundant since the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife began keeping counts in 2004. oregonlive, 28 Sep. 2021 Upon postmortem examination, these birds, including the black and white water bird species western grebes, were found to have domoic acid poisoning. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, 16 Aug. 2021 In California, the most alarming toxin is domoic acid, which can disrupt normal nerve signaling in the brain, causing disorientation and seizures. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 During the spring, a troublesome pattern plays out as marine birds along the California coast die from domoic acid poisoning, which is caused by harmful algal blooms. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, 16 Aug. 2021 Biologists say an unusual combination of algal blooms, poor ocean conditions and diminished winter food resulted in record high levels of domoic acid in December and January tests of razors. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 Razor clam digging is closed from the Columbia River to the north jetty of the Siuslaw River and open from the south jetty to the California border due to domoic acid levels, which are falling. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 29 May 2021 The last tests on Clatsop showed domoic acid at 47 parts per million on April 30. oregonlive, 8 May 2021 Since then, toxic algal blooms that create domoic acid have continued to force the closure of state beaches. Sara Harrison, Wired, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of domoic acid

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for domoic acid

Japanese dōmoi, the alga Chondria armata

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“Domoic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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domoic acid

do·​mo·​ic acid | \ də-ˈmō-ik- How to pronounce domoic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of domoic acid

: a neurotoxin analog C15H21NO6 of glutamic acid that is produced chiefly by marine diatoms (as Pseudo-nitzschia australis and Pseudo-nitzschia pungens) and has caused poisoning in sea mammals and birds and amnesic shellfish poisoning in humans who have consumed contaminated fish or shellfish

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