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.