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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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

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noun tox·in \ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of toxin for Students

  1. :  a poison produced by a living thing (as an animal or bacterium)




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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