ciguatera

[ see-gwuh-ter-uh, sig-wuh‐ ]
/ ˌsi gwəˈtɛr ə, ˌsɪg wə‐ /

noun

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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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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