tetrodotoxin

noun
te·tro·do·tox·in | \te-ˌtrō-də-ˈtäk-sən \

Definition of tetrodotoxin 

: a neurotoxin C11H17N3O8 found especially in puffer fish that blocks nerve conduction by suppressing permeability of the nerve fiber to sodium ions

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But the fish’s skin, intestines, ovaries, and liver contain the poison tetrodotoxin, which is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. Joseph Hincks, Time, "A Japanese City Activated its Emergency Warning System to Stop Residents Eating Poisonous Pufferfish," 16 Jan. 2018 The tetrodotoxin is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than that of cyanide, and can cause deadening of the tongue and lips, dizziness, vomiting, arrhythmia, difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis and, if left untreated, death. Daniel Jameson, CNT, "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World," 10 July 2017 Steiner hypothesized in a 1995 research paper that the dolphins were consuming minute amounts of tetrodotoxin to get high. National Geographic, "No, Coyotes Don't Get High—But These Animals Do," 24 Feb. 2016 Search [fugu poison] to find that the poison is tetrodotoxin, aka TTX or tetrodox, and is found primarily in the liver of the puffer fish. Ken Denmead, WIRED, "A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Wednesday, Nov. 9," 9 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of tetrodotoxin

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetrodotoxin

International Scientific Vocabulary tetrodo- (from New Latin Tetrodon, genus of tropical marine fishes) + toxin

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tetrodotoxin

noun
te·tro·do·tox·in | \te-ˌtrōd-ə-ˈtäk-sən \

Medical Definition of tetrodotoxin 

: a neurotoxin C11H17N3O8 that is found especially in pufferfishes and that blocks nerve conduction by suppressing permeability of the nerve fiber to sodium ions

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