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[see-gwuh-ter-uh, sig-wuh‐]
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for ciguatera

Historical Examples of ciguatera

  • The alkaloids produce a disease known as ciguatera, characterized by paralysis and gastric derangements.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

  • Severe cases of ciguatera with men, as well as with lower animals, may end fatally in a short time.