minamata dis-ease

Minamata disease

[min-uh-mah-tuh]
noun Pathology.
a severe form of mercury poisoning, characterized by neurological degeneration.

Origin:
after Minamata Bay, Japan, where fish containing alkyl mercury compounds caused the disease in those who ate them during the period 1953–58

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Minamata disease Min·a·ma·ta disease (mĭn'ə-mä'tə)
n.
A degenerative neurological disorder caused by poisoning with a mercury compound in seafood from waters contaminated with mercury, characterized by burning or tingling sensations, poor articulation of speech, and the loss of coordination and peripheral vision.

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