[ sak-si-tok-sin ]
/ ˌsæk sɪˈtɒk sɪn /
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a powerful neurotoxin, C10H17N7O4, produced by the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax catenella, the causative agent of red tide.
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Medical definitions for saxitoxin
[ săk′sĭ-tŏk′sĭn ]
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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