domoic aciddo·mo·ic acid
A water-soluble amino acid found in various marine algae that is a potent, often deadly neurotoxin to humans when consumed in contaminated mussels, clams, crabs, and anchovies.
Origin of domoic acidFrom Japanese dialectal (Tokunoshima Island) domoi, seaweed (Chondria armata) in which the toxin is found.
- (organic chemistry) A neurotoxin associated with some algal blooms
From Japanese ãƒ‰ã‚¦ãƒ¢ã‚¤ (dÅmoi), a type of red algae in the Tokunoshima dialect.