ichthyohemotoxin

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ichthyo- +‎ hemo- +‎ toxin

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ichthyohemotoxin (plural ichthyohemotoxins)

  1. Any poisonous substance found in the blood of fishes.
    • 1965, Bruce W. Halstead, Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals of the World: Vertebrates:
      The 1904 article by Gley on the toxic action of the serum of the torpedo Torpedo marmorata was noteworthy in that the author reported ichthyohemotoxins were not limited to eels, but were widely distributed in fishes.
    • 1995, Jiří Davídek, Natural Toxic Compounds of Foods:
      Poisonings with ichthyohemotoxins are very rare because eel blood is perorally toxic only in large quantities.
    • 2002, Lewis R. Goldfrank, Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies, →ISBN, page 1087:
      These same eels also possess an ichthyohemotoxin that is resistant to drying but can be destroyed by heating to greater than 65°C (149°F).

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