saxitoxin

[sak-si-tok-sin]
noun
a powerful neurotoxin, C 1 0 H 1 7 N 7 O 4 , produced by the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax catenella, the causative agent of red tide.

Origin:
1960–65; < Neo-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 sax·i·tox·in (sāk'sĭ-tŏk'sĭn)
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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During red tides, blue mussels feed on dinoflagellate algae containing saxitoxin in the phytoplankton.
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