tetrodotoxism

tetrodotoxism

 [tet″ro-do-tok´sizm]
the most severe form of fish poisoning, caused by ingestion of inadequately prepared fish that contain tetrodotoxin. After eating such fish, within minutes there are symptoms of malaise, dizziness, and tingling about the mouth, which may be followed by ataxia, convulsions, respiratory paralysis, and death.
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