amnesic shellfish poisoning

noun
variants: also amnestic shellfish poisoning

Medical Definition of amnesic shellfish poisoning

: shellfish poisoning that is characterized by gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms (such as vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, and permanent short-term memory loss) and sometimes death and is caused by domoic acid ingested in contaminated shellfish Eating … shellfish with domoic acid concentrations that exceed 20 parts per million can lead to amnesic shellfish poisoning. — Jeffrey P. Mayor, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington) There is no antidote for amnesic shellfish poisoning, and neither cooking nor freezing clams lessens the toxicity. — Allen Thomas, The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington)

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“Amnesic shellfish poisoning.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/amnesic%20shellfish%20poisoning. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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