saxitoxin

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noun sax·i·tox·in \ ˌsak-sə-ˈtäk-sən \

Definition of saxitoxin

:a potent nonprotein neurotoxin C10H17N7O4·2HCl that originates especially in dinoflagellates (genera Alexandrium, Gymnodinium, and Pyrodinium) found in red tides and that sometimes occurs in and renders toxic normally edible mollusks which feed on them

Origin and Etymology of saxitoxin

saxi- (from New Latin Saxidomus giganteus, species of butter clam from which it is isolated) + toxin


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saxitoxin

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noun saxi·tox·in \ ˌsak-sə-ˈtäk-sən \

medical Definition of saxitoxin

: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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