amanitin

noun
am·​a·​ni·​tin | \ ˌa-mə-ˈnī-tᵊn How to pronounce amanitin (audio) , -ˈnē- How to pronounce amanitin (audio) \

Definition of amanitin

: a highly toxic peptide that is produced by the death cap and that selectively inhibits mammalian RNA polymerase

Examples of amanitin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The poison is amanitin, which is a particularly nasty cocktail of eight other toxins found in amino acids. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "7 Poisonous Mushrooms and What Happens if You Eat Them," 9 Mar. 2020 The poison is amanitin, which is a particularly nasty cocktail of eight other toxins found in amino acids. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "7 Poisonous Mushrooms and What Happens if You Eat Them," 9 Mar. 2020 The poison is amanitin, which is a particularly nasty cocktail of eight other toxins found in amino acids. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "7 Poisonous Mushrooms and What Happens if You Eat Them," 9 Mar. 2020 The poison is amanitin, which is a particularly nasty cocktail of eight other toxins found in amino acids. Popular Science, "From the death cap to the alcohol inky: seven poisonous mushrooms you definitely don’t want to eat," 11 Mar. 2020 The toxic agent here is the same amanitin found in the death cap. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "7 Poisonous Mushrooms and What Happens if You Eat Them," 9 Mar. 2020 The mushroom contains toxins known as amanitin, which damage liver cells. Rachael Rettner Senior Writer, Fox News, "'Death cap' mushrooms sicken 14 in California," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of amanitin

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amanitin

amanita + -in

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31 May 2020

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“Amanitin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amanitin. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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amanitin

noun
am·​a·​ni·​tin | \ -ˈnit-ᵊn How to pronounce amanitin (audio) , -ˈnēt- How to pronounce amanitin (audio) \

Medical Definition of amanitin

: a highly toxic cyclic peptide produced by the death cap that selectively inhibits mammalian RNA polymerase

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