Definition of Minamata disease in English:

Minamata disease

Line breaks: Mina|mata dis|ease
Pronunciation: /ˌmɪnəˈmɑːtə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Chronic poisoning by alkyl mercury compounds from industrial waste, characterized by (usually permanent) impairment of brain functions such as speech, sight, and muscular coordination.
    More example sentences
    • Toxicity via the food chain has been observed with organic mercury, as in Minamata disease.
    • In chapter 9, fetal Minamata disease is examined, and the effects of intrauterine methyl mercury are described.
    • Thus in many ways Japan has become the canary in the coal mine for the developed world, as witness Minamata disease.

Origin

1950s: named after Minamata, a town in Japan.

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