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death cap

The very poisonous mushroom, Amanita phalloides, which resembles edible mushrooms but has a prominent whitish bulb at its base. Sometimes called death cup.


the cessation of all physical and chemical processes that invariably occurs in all living organisms. Even in humans there is at present no standardized diagnosis of clinical death. The existing procedure, and the one recommended for use in animals, is to declare the animal dead when brain death has occurred. Brain death has occurred when the animal is in a deep irreversible coma. The criteria on which a diagnosis of brain death can be made are: (1) absolute unresponsiveness to externally applied stimuli; (2) cessation of movement and breathing, including no spontaneous breathing for 3 minutes after an artificial respirator has been turned off; and (3) complete absence of cephalic reflexes. The pupils of the eyes must be dilated and unresponsive to direct light.

death adder
see death adder.
death agony
involuntary movements of all parts of the body in the few moments before death.
death camas
see zigadenus.
death cap
a mushroom, amanitaphalloides.
clinical death
the absence of heartbeat (no pulse can be felt) and cessation of breathing.
death rate
the number of deaths per stated number of animals in a specified region in a specified, usually annual, time period.
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The hearing in Taunton was told she found the death caps, which contain up to 20 toxins, under oak and fir trees in their garden last November.
Death caps contain 20 different poisons and are responsible for 90% of all mushroom deaths.
Unfortunately, it's not difficult to find a death cap.
Death caps are large white mushrooms, often pale green on the outside of the head, with a cup-shaped base.
There is the death cap, he tells me, although thankfully, it hasn't been found in this wood yet.
3 after eating so-called death cap wild mushrooms, known scientifically as Amania phalloides.
Two men - aged 38 and 51 - and a 52-yearold woman were airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after feasting on death cap mushrooms they were accidently served.
It is in the same family as one of the world's most deadly mushrooms, Amanita Phalloides, or the Death Cap.
The death cap, which stops cell division, can take up to three days before rendering symptoms.
Amphon Tuckey, 39, cooked the death cap fungi after niece Kannika picked them by mistake at a botanical garden, an inquest learnt yesterday.