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a powerful heat-stable low molecular weight neurotoxin synthesized and secreted by certain dinoflagellates, such as species of Gonyaulax, which accumulates in the tissue of bivalve mollusks feeding on the dinoflagellates; it may cause a severe toxic reaction called shellfish poisoning in those who ingest contaminated mollusks.
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A potent neurotoxin found in shellfish, such as the mussel or the clam (and sometimes the pufferfish, Sphoerides nephelus), produced by the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax catenella, which is ingested by the shellfish; the cause of cases of poisoning from eating the California sea mussel (Mytilus californianus), scallop, and the Alaskan butterclam (Saxidomus giganteus).
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A potent neurotoxin produced by certain dinoflagellates that accumulates in shellfish feeding on these organisms and consequently causes food poisoning in humans who eat the shellfish.
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A potent neurotoxin found in shellfish, such as the mussel or the clam, produced by the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax catenella, which is ingested by the shellfish; the cause of poisoning due to eating California sea mussels, scallops, and Alaskan butterclams.
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