Minamata disease

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Minamata disease

 [min″ah-mah´tah]
a severe neurologic disorder due to alkyl mercury poisoning, leading to severe permanent neurologic and mental disabilities or death; once common among those who ate contaminated seafood from Minamata Bay, Japan.

Mi·na·ma·ta dis·ease

a neurologic disorder caused by methyl mercury intoxication; first described in the inhabitants of Minamata Bay, Japan, resulting from their eating fish contaminated with mercury industrial waste. Characterized by peripheral sensory loss, tremors, dysarthria, ataxia, and both hearing and visual loss.

Minamata disease

(mĭn′ə-mä′tə)
n.
A degenerative neurological disorder caused by poisoning with a mercury compound found in seafood obtained from waters contaminated with mercury-containing industrial waste.
A disease caused by consumption of fish and shellfish contaminated with organic methylmercury—inorganic mercury, a major teratogen discharged into nearby rivers by industrial plants that produce acetaldehyde, using mercury as a catalyst

Mi·na·ma·ta dis·ease

(min-ă-mah'tă di-zēz')
A neurologic disorder caused by methyl mercury intoxication; first described in the inhabitants of Minamata Bay, Japan, resulting from eating fish contaminated with mercury-tainted industrial waste. Characterized by peripheral sensory loss, tremors, dysarthria, ataxia, and both hearing and visual loss.