Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Poisoning caused by ingesting fish contaminated with ciguatoxin, characterized by gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An affection believed by the natives of Central and South America to be caused by eating poisonous fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A foodborne poisoning in humans caused by eating marine species whose flesh is contaminated with ciguatoxin.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish, from ciguato, one poisoned (with ciguatoxin), from cigua, sigua, snail, perhaps of Arawakan origin.]

Examples

  • IV mannitol (1g/kg over 30 to 45 minutes) has been used to decrease the neurologic and muscular symptoms associated with ciguatera poisoning. 10,15 Mannitol therapy has gained acceptance as the treatment of choice in ciguatera poisoning but it is also controversial whether it has any therapeutic benefit. 8,10,15,16 Gabapentin is also used for the treatment of ciguatera poisoning but its efficacy is questionable. 13

    Fish poisonings and envenomations

  • Because fish caught in ciguatera-endemic areas are shipped nationwide, ciguatera fish poisoning can occur anywhere in the United States.

    Medpundit

  • Because fish caught in ciguatera-endemic areas are shipped nationwide, ciguatera fish poisoning can occur anywhere in the United States.

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  • The word ciguatera stems from cigua, the Spanish name for a commonly eaten Caribbean mollusk that has been linked to the illness.

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  • They sometimes have this toxin called ciguatera, which will make you sick as hell.

    Again to Carthage

  • She also studied a common toxin that some fish absorb called ciguatera, which can poison humans.

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  • She also studied a common toxin that some fish absorb called ciguatera, which can poison humans.

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  • She also studied a common toxin that some fish absorb called ciguatera, which can poison humans.

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  • The incidence of diseases of marine organisms and the emergence of new pathogens is increasing, and some of these, such as ciguatera, harm human health.

    Ecosystems and Human Well-being Synthesis~ Summary for Decision-makers

  • If you are surviving on fish and shellfish in northern Queensland, you’ve got to be mindful of a thing called ciguatera.

    Surviving Australia

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