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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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.
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Origin and Etymology of tetrodotoxin
International Scientific Vocabulary tetrodo- (from New Latin Tetrodon, genus of tropical marine fishes) + toxin
First Known Use: 1911
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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