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tetrodotoxin

[te-troh-duh-tok-sin] /tɛˌtroʊ dəˈtɒk sɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a neurotoxin, C 11 H 17 N 3 O 3 , occurring in a species of puffer fish: ingestion of the toxin is usually rapidly fatal due to heart failure or asphyxiation; used experimentally to block impulse conduction potential in excitable cells.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < Neo-Latin Tetrodo(n) genus name of the puffer fish (see tetr-, -odont) + toxin
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Examples from the web for tetrodotoxin
  • Some species tolerate high levels of tetrodotoxin, and answers may lie in the evolution of sodium ion channels.
  • But because the liver and other internal organs of the fish contain tetrodotoxin, fugu can be deadly if not prepared correctly.
British Dictionary definitions for tetrodotoxin

tetrodotoxin

/ˌtɛtrəʊdəʊˈtɒksɪn/
noun
1.
a highly lethal neurotoxin found in certain puffer fish and in newts of the genus Taricha. Formula: C11H17N3O3
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin Tetrodon (puffer fish genus name, from Greek tetra- fourfold + odont- tooth) + toxin
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tetrodotoxin in Medicine

tetrodotoxin te·tro·do·tox·in (tě-trō'də-tŏk'sĭn)
n.
A potent neurotoxin, found in many puffer fish and certain newts.

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