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- noun A degenerative neurological disorder caused by poisoning with a mercury compound found in seafood obtained from waters contaminated with mercury-containing industrial waste.
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- noun A
neurological syndromecaused by severe mercury poisoning.
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- noun a form of mercury poisoning among people who ate fish from mercury-contaminated waters of Minamata Bay off Japan in the 1950s; characterized by severe neurological degeneration
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[After Minamata, a town of western Kyushu, Japan.]
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From Japanese 水俣病 (minamatabyō), literally “Minamata disease”, after Minimata, the Japanese city where the disease was first discovered.
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