Definition of ciguatera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsēɡwəˈterə/


Poisoning by neurotoxins as a result of eating the flesh of a tropical marine fish that carries a toxic dinoflagellate.
  • This is caused by Gambierdiscus toxicus, phylum Dinophyta.
Example sentences
  • However, a few species, such as the blue parrotfish and one Indo-Pacific species, have caused ciguatera in humans.
  • Seafood ingestion syndromes such as diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, ciguatera poisoning, and scombroid poisoning also can cause diarrhea in travelers.
  • Each year, ciguatera poisoning accounts for several thousand illnesses in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Florida.


Mid 19th century: from American Spanish, from cigua 'sea snail'.

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Syllabification: ci·gua·te·ra

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