saxitoxin

[sak-si-tok-sin]

Origin of saxitoxin

1960–65; < New Latin Saxi(domus), a clam genus infected by the dinoflagellates (equivalent to Latin sax(um) stone + -i- -i- + domus house) + toxin
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saxitoxin in Medicine

saxitoxin

[săk′sĭ-tŏksĭn]
n.
  1. A potent neurotoxin produced by certain dinoflagellates that accumulates in shellfish feeding on these organisms and consequently causes food poisoning in humans who eat the shellfish.
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