aflatoxin


af·la·tox·in

noun \ˌa-flə-ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of AFLATOXIN

:  any of several carcinogenic mycotoxins that are produced especially in stored agricultural crops (as peanuts) by molds (as Aspergillus flavus)

Origin of AFLATOXIN

New Latin Aspergillus flavus, species of mold + English toxin
First Known Use: 1962

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af·la·tox·in

noun \ˌaf-lə-ˈtäk-sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AFLATOXIN

: any of several carcinogenic mycotoxins that are produced especially in stored agricultural crops (as peanuts) by molds (as Aspergillus flavus)

aflatoxin

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Complex of toxins formed by molds of the genus Aspergillus, which frequently contaminate improperly stored nuts (especially peanuts), grains, meals, and certain other foods. Discovered after an outbreak of “turkey X disease” in England in 1960, aflatoxins may cause liver disease and cancer and may trigger Reye syndrome.

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