tetrodotoxin(redirected from maculotoxin)
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A potent neurotoxin, C11H17N3O8, found in many pufferfishes and certain other animals, including some salamanders and crabs.
[Shortening and alteration of New Latin Tetraodōn, pufferfish genus (Greek tetra-, tetra- + New Latin -odōn, -odon (so called because members of the genus have two upper and two lower teeth)) + toxin.]
(Zoology) a highly lethal neurotoxin found in certain puffer fish and in newts of the genus Taricha. Formula: C11H17N3O3
[C20: from New Latin Tetrodon (puffer fish genus name, from Greek tetra- fourfold + odont- tooth) + toxin]
te•tro•do•tox•in(tɛˌtroʊ dəˈtɒk sɪn)
a neurotoxin, C11H17N3O3, occurring in a species of puffer fish: ingestion may be fatal.
[1910–15; < New Latin Tetrodo(n) genus name of the puffer fish + toxin]