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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

saxitoxin in Medicine


  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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