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toxin

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noun tox·in \ˈtäk-sən\

Simple Definition of toxin

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

Full Definition of toxin

  1. :  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

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


Medical Dictionary

toxin

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noun tox·in \ˈtäk-sən\

Medical Definition of toxin

  1. :  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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