Definition of Minamata disease

1. Noun. A form of mercury poisoning among people who ate fish from mercury-contaminated waters of Minamata Bay off Japan in the 1950s; characterized by severe neurological degeneration.

Generic synonyms: Mercury Poisoning



Definition of Minamata disease

1. Noun. A neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Minamata disease

1. A neurologic disorder caused by methyl mercury intoxication; first described in the inhabitants of Minamata Bay, Japan, resulting from their eating fish contaminated with mercury industrial waste. Characterised by peripheral sensory loss, tremors, dysarthria, ataxia, and both hearing and visual loss. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Minamata Disease

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Minamata disease (current term)
Minangkabau
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Mineralnye Vody
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Literary usage of Minamata disease

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1. Risk Assessment for Neurobehavioral Toxicity edited by Bernard Weiss, Jurg Elsner (1997)
"Minamata disease is evidently unique in its origin as it involved the bay's ... The emergence of a methylmercury poisoning epidemic, Minamata disease, ..."

2. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2001)
"symptoms similar to those of Minamata disease. ... In 1995, it was agreed that residents not certified as Minamata disease victims, but seeking compensation ..."

3. Long Road to Recovery; Community Responses to Industrial Disaster by James Kenneth Mitchell (1996)
"Responses to Minamata disease Sadami Maruyama Introduction Minamata is a ... Minamata disease is the name given to mercury toxicosis (poisoning) that ..."

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