biotoxin

noun

bio·​tox·​in ˈbī-ō-ˌtäk-sən How to pronounce biotoxin (audio)
: a toxic substance of biological origin

Examples of biotoxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Large animal die-offs are often due to biotoxins, viruses or bacterial infections. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Authorities are also studying whether a biotoxin or virus might be causing the die-off. Diana Durán, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provides information online on clam, crab, and mussel biotoxin closures in the state. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2023 Jerry Borchert, who oversees marine biotoxin monitoring for Washington state told the Seattle Times that domoic acid toxins are already nearing unsafe levels in razor clam populations in that state. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2023 Round three of crab meat yield and biotoxin testing will occur in the coming weeks. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2022 Anyway, off the trio go to meet Fornell's friend Sammy, who discovers that the account used to frame Parker originated in Russia, which is also where the Raven's biotoxin came from. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 20 Sep. 2022 In 1991, Frank Cox, a biotoxin coordinator for the Washington State Department of Health, went digging for razor clams. Sara Harrison, Wired, 23 Dec. 2020 When consumed the biotoxin can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning that affects the central nervous system. Kimberly Cauvel, The Seattle Times, 29 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biotoxin was in 1898

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“Biotoxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biotoxin. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

biotoxin

noun
bio·​tox·​in ˈbī-ō-ˌtäk-sən How to pronounce biotoxin (audio)
: a toxic substance of biological origin

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