tetrodotoxin

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

Definition of tetrodotoxin

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

Origin and Etymology of tetrodotoxin

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


First Known Use: 1911


Medical Dictionary

tetrodotoxin

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

Medical Definition of tetrodotoxin

  1. :  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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