Minamata disease[min′ə mät′ə]
mercury poisoning from industrially contaminated water and fish, often resulting in severe neurological disorders or death
Origin of Minamata diseaseafter Minamata, Japanese fishing village where first diagnosed
A degenerative neurological disorder caused by poisoning with a mercury compound found in seafood obtained from waters contaminated with mercury-containing industrial waste.
Origin of Minamata diseaseAfter Minamata, a town of western Kyushu, Japan.
From Japanese 水俣病 (minamatabyō), literally “Minamata disease”, after Minimata, the Japanese city where the disease was first discovered.