a powerful toxin that causes partial paralysis, sometimes found in shellfish that have fed on certain dinoflagellates (esp. genus Gonyaulax)
Origin of saxitoxin; from Modern Latin Saxidomus, name of a genus of clams (; from Classical Latin saxum, rock + -i- + Classical Latin domus, home: see dome) + toxin
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.
Origin of saxitoxinNew Latin Saxi(domus gigant&emacron;us), butter clam (in which the toxin was first recognized) (from Latin saxum, stone; see saxifrage) + toxin.