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toxin

noun tox·in \ˈtäk-sən\

: a poisonous substance and especially one that is produced by a living thing

Full Definition of TOXIN

:  a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation
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Examples of TOXIN

  1. the toxin in scorpion venom
  2. <read a pamphlet on the toxin responsible for botulism, a food poisoning that can cause paralysis and even death in some cases>

Origin of TOXIN

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1886

Rhymes with TOXIN

TOXIN Defined for Kids

toxin

noun tox·in \ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of TOXIN for Kids

:  a poison produced by a living thing (as an animal or bacterium)
Medical Dictionary

toxin

noun tox·in \ˈtäk-sən\

Medical Definition of TOXIN

:  a colloidal proteinaceous poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation

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