aflatoxin

noun
af·la·tox·in | \ˌa-flə-ˈtäk-sən \

Definition of aflatoxin 

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

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Some molds that grow in food crops such as corn, wheat, rice, and seeds release a carcinogen called aflatoxin. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "One Guy With a Supercomputer Who's Chasing the Causes of Cancer," 19 Mar. 2018 Now, researchers have shown that insects spur A. flavus to make aflatoxin, suggesting ways to keep it out of the world’s food supply. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Earth’s oldest life, a NASA mission to Titan, and whether growing up poor makes you wiser," 22 Dec. 2017 All of this suggests that, when bugs are present, aflatoxin is, too, the team concludes. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Bugs may be causing a common crop mold to produce a deadly toxin," 19 Dec. 2017 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 4.5 billion people in developing countries are exposed to aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that contaminates crops, every year. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "You can try to destroy a killer in the food system by playing a computer game," 28 Oct. 2017 Scientists think enzymes might one day be used to neutralize aflatoxin. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "You can try to destroy a killer in the food system by playing a computer game," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of aflatoxin

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aflatoxin

afla-, from initial letters of New Latin Aspergillus flavus, species of mold + toxin

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aflatoxin

noun
af·la·tox·in | \ˌaf-lə-ˈtäk-sən \

Medical Definition of aflatoxin 

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

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