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saxitoxin

[ sak-si-tok-sin ]
/ ˌsæk sɪˈtɒk sɪn /
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noun

a powerful neurotoxin, C10H17N7O4, produced by the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax catenella, the causative agent of red tide.

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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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Medical definitions for saxitoxin

saxitoxin
[ săk′sĭ-tŏksĭn ]

n.

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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