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paralytic shellfish poisoning

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noun paralytic shell·fish poisoning \-ˈshel-ˌfish-\

Medical Definition of paralytic shellfish poisoning

  1. :  shellfish poisoning that is characterized by numbness and tingling, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, muscle weakness, and sometimes paralysis which may lead to respiratory failure and death and that is typically caused by a saxitoxin ingested in contaminated shellfish


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