[ see-gwuh-ter-uh, sig-wuh‐ ]
/ ˌsi gwəˈtɛr ə, ˌsɪg wə‐ /
a tropical disease caused by ingesting a poison found in certain marine fishes.
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Origin of ciguatera
1860–65; American Spanish <cigua sea snail
Words nearby ciguatera
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Example sentences from the Web for ciguatera
Severe cases of ciguatera with men, as well as with lower animals, may end fatally in a short time.
The alkaloids produce a disease known as ciguatera, characterized by paralysis and gastric derangements.
Medical definitions for ciguatera
[ sē′gwə-tĕr′ə ]
Poisoning caused by ingesting fish contaminated with ciguatoxin, characterized by gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, tingling, itchiness, and reversal of temperature perception.
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