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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)7 Oct. 2004
  • There is no antidote for amnesic shellfish poisoning, and neither cooking nor freezing clams lessens the toxicity.
  • —Allen Thomas, The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington)15 May 2003

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