Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

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

  • n. A potent neurotoxin, C11H17N3O3, found in many puffers and certain newts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A neurotoxin found in Tetraodontiformes such as pufferfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a powerful neurotoxin found in the ovaries of pufferfish

Etymologies

New Latin Tetrodōn, puffer genus (Greek tetra-, tetra- + New Latin -odōn, -odon) + toxin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Tetrodotoxin is found in two marine creatures : the blue-ringed octopus and the pufferfish.
    The poisonous part of the pufferfish is found in its ovaries. This poison is not destroyed by cooking although experts say, if the entrails are removed before cooking, the fish is usually harmless. Used in the Japanese delicacy fugu, puffer fish can only be cooked and prepared by specially trained and licensed chefs. Even so, from 1955 through 1975 there were more than 1,500 fatalities caused by eating improperly prepared fugu. (I haven't looked up any new fatality statistics yet.)

    February 27, 2015