an acute and frequently fatal vomiting disease associated with central nervous system symptoms and marked hypoglycemia, caused by eating unripe ackee fruit of Blighia spaida, a tree common in Jamaica.
Synonym(s): Jamaican vomiting sickness
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Ackee poisoningVomiting sickness of Jamaica. This is caused by ingestion of the unripe fruit of the tree Blighia sapida which contains a poison capable of interfering with glucose formation in the liver. This can cause HYPOGLYCAEMIA, vomiting, convulsions and loss of consciousness.
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