ciguatoxin

noun

ci·​gua·​tox·​in ˈsē-gwə-ˌtäk-sən How to pronounce ciguatoxin (audio) ˈsig-wə- How to pronounce ciguatoxin (audio)
: a potent heat-stable neurotoxin that is produced by a marine dinoflagellate (Gambierdiscus toxicus) and causes ciguatera poisoning in those who eat fish (as barracuda or amberjack) in which toxic levels of it have become concentrated
also : any of several related neurotoxins causing ciguatera

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“Ciguatoxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ciguatoxin. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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