Definition of ciguatera in English:


Line breaks: ci¦gua|tera
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪɡwəˈtɛːrə


[mass noun]
Poisoning by neurotoxins as a result of eating the flesh of tropical marine fish that carries a toxic dinoflagellate.
  • This is caused by Gambierdiscus toxicus, division (or phylum) Dinophyta
More 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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