domoic acid

noun
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 In recent years, however, the season has been shortened by the presence of domoic acid, a neurotoxin poisonous to humans that is the result of algal blooms, and because of whale entanglements. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Commercial Dungeness crab season officially delayed until Dec. 15," 22 Nov. 2019 Digging had been closed because of high levels of domoic acid, which have abated north of Tillamook Head. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Reflecting on four decades of smiles at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show," 19 Jan. 2020 Razor clam digging remains closed along the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. oregonlive, "Washington to open Christmas vacation dig for razor clams on Monday," 21 Dec. 2019 In recent years, the season has also been cut by elevated levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid found in some crabs. USA TODAY, "Puppy sleepovers, paisley-patterned botanic garden: News from around our 50 states," 19 Dec. 2019 In recent years, the season has been shortened by whales becoming entangled in fishing gear and by elevated levels of domoic acid — a neurotoxin produced by naturally occurring algal blooms — found in some crabs. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Commercial Dungeness crab season kicks off Sunday after delay," 15 Dec. 2019 Walruses were found to have the highest concentrations -- roughly the same levels of domoic acid that had triggered seizures in California sea lions in Pacific waters much farther south. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, "Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?," 10 Nov. 2019 The California Department of Public Health’s recent tests showed no public health concern regarding domoic acid in local Dungeness crab. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Commercial Dungeness crab season officially delayed until Dec. 15," 22 Nov. 2019 The two most common strains -- saxitoxin and domoic acid -- attack the nervous system. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, "Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?," 10 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domoic%20acid. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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domoic acid

noun
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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