biotoxin

noun
bio·​tox·​in | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtäk-sən How to pronounce biotoxin (audio) \

Definition of biotoxin

: a toxic substance of biological origin

Examples of biotoxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When consumed the biotoxin can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning that affects the central nervous system. Kimberly Cauvel, The Seattle Times, "Shellfish harvesting closed in Skagit County because of biotoxin," 29 Aug. 2019 Due to the growing presence of a marine biotoxin, shellfish harvesting is closed throughout Skagit County. Kimberly Cauvel, The Seattle Times, "Shellfish harvesting closed in Skagit County because of biotoxin," 29 Aug. 2019 Aquarium officials sent water samples to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Coastal Studies for a biotoxin analysis. Alejandro Serrano, chicagotribune.com, "More than 30 stingrays died at the Shedd Aquarium over the winter, and officials still don’t know why," 9 Aug. 2019 Additional information can be found on the agency’s marine biotoxin monitoring web page. Jaime Welton, The Mercury News, "State issues health warning for mussels sport-harvested in Marin County," 22 June 2019 Washington state has banned shellfish harvesting in the waterway between Vashon and Maury island after high levels of biotoxins were discovered in the shellfish. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Washington bans shellfish harvesting after high levels of toxins found," 30 Aug. 2018 Saxitoxin is a biotoxin produced by algae and is potentially a poisonous substance. Author: Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, "High levels of algae-produced biotoxin found in dead walrus," 11 Dec. 2017 Before heading to a beach, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the website at www.doh.wa.gov. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Dig up a deep-dwelling geoduck and try recipe by chef “Joe” Sato of Shiro’s Sushi," 25 May 2017 Before heading to a beach, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the website at www.doh.wa.gov. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Dig up a deep-dwelling geoduck and try recipe by chef “Joe” Sato of Shiro’s Sushi," 25 May 2017

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Biotoxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biotoxin. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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biotoxin

noun
bio·​tox·​in | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtäk-sən How to pronounce biotoxin (audio) \

Medical Definition of biotoxin

: a toxic substance of biological origin

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