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ciguatera

[ see-gwuh-ter-uh, sig-wuh‐ ]
/ ˌsi gwəˈtɛr ə, ˌsɪg wə‐ /
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noun
a tropical disease caused by ingesting a poison found in certain marine fishes.
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Origin of ciguatera

First recorded in 1860–65; from Latin American Spanish, perhaps from Cuban Spanish cigua, from Taíno “sea slug”
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Medical definitions for ciguatera

ciguatera
[ sē′gwə-tĕrə ]

n.
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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