Maitotoxin definition

A highly potent toxin produced by Gambierdiscus toxicus, a dinoflagellate species.
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Noun

Singular:
maitotoxin
Plural:
maitotoxins

Origin of maitotoxin

  • Named from the ciguateric fish Ctenochaetus striatus, called maito in Tahiti, from which maitotoxin was first isolated (though it was later shown that maitotoxin is actually produced by Gambierdiscus toxicus).

    From Wiktionary