citrinin

noun
ci·tri·nin | \ si-ˈtrī-nən \

Definition of citrinin 

: a toxic antibiotic C13H14O5 that is produced especially by a penicillium (Penicillium citrinum) and an aspergillus (Aspergillus niveus) and is effective against some gram-positive bacteria

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Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2010 showed an even wider range of potencies, and found a chemical called citrinin in some of the supplements, which has been known to cause kidney damage and cancer in animals. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Red yeast rice - Can it lower your bad cholesterol?," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of citrinin

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citrinin

New Latin citrinum, specific epithet of Penicillium citrinum

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citrinin

noun
ci·tri·nin | \ si-ˈtrī-nən \

Medical Definition of citrinin 

: a toxic antibiotic C13H14O5 that is produced especially by two molds of the genus Penicillium (P. citrinum) and the genus Aspergillus (A. niveus) and is effective against some gram-positive bacteria

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