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sucker

  1. an axial shoot arising from an adventitious bud of a root and appearing separate from the mother plant. Such structures are common in the family Rosaceae.
  2. a new shoot on an old stem.
  3. a modified root in a parasite enabling it to absorb nutritive materials from the host.
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(3,4,7) Although federal and state health laboratories have not identified the heat-stable myotoxin in Haff disease, mice fed samples of toxic buffalo fish developed histopathological evidence of rhabdomyolysis with renal tubular myoglobin and myoglobinuria.
(2,3) All five patients were Ukrainian immigrants to the US who had consumed cooked buffalo fish within a mean incubation period of eight hours (Range = 6-21 hours).
The four meals, all eaten at home, contained buffalo fish. Six (75%) of the eight persons who ate buffalo fish became ill.
Patient 3 On March 9, a husband and wife (both aged 33 years) from Ukraine ate fried buffalo fish purchased from the same market where patients 1 and 2 purchased their fish.
In the White River, the Blue Sucker is a rare member of the sucker community which is dominated numerically and by weight by redhorse suckers (Moxostoma spp.), buffalo fishes (Ictiobus spp.), and carpsuckers (Carpiodes spp.).

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