af·​la·​tox·​in | \ ˌa-flə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce aflatoxin (audio) \

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)

Examples of aflatoxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While no illnesses have been reported due to these products to date, the recall notice says aflatoxin can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2021 The peanut products produced in the US for human consumption are very safe because of the inspection, cleaning, shelling and sorting process that is employed to keep the dangerous fungal metabolite aflatoxin out of peanut products. Steven Savage, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Additional analysis conducted by the FDA during their inspection of the Oklahoma plant found additional SPORTMiX branded products with elevated aflatoxin levels. Vanessa Etienne,, 18 Aug. 2021 At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 The number of deaths and illnesses could be higher, the agency said, adding that not all of the cases have been confirmed to be aflatoxin poisoning. NBC News, 18 Aug. 2021 Not all of these cases have been confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. Vanessa Etienne,, 18 Aug. 2021 Dog food sold nationwide recalled due to potentially high levels of aflatoxin, a mold byproduct Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 The state requires raw milk to be tested twice every six months for milk quality, presence of aflatoxin (from contaminated feed), and potential pathogens. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 19 May 2021 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Aflatoxin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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af·​la·​tox·​in | \ ˌaf-lə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce aflatoxin (audio) \

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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