cytotoxin

noun
cy·​to·​tox·​in | \ ˌsī-tə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce cytotoxin (audio) \

Definition of cytotoxin

: a substance (such as a toxin or antibody) having a toxic effect on cells

Examples of cytotoxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Case in point: None of the athletes tested in his recent study experienced health problems, aside from unrelated GI stress, despite their elevated cytotoxin levels. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 17 June 2015 The venom is a cytotoxin (cell-destroying) that produces massive tissue damage, and what is reported to be the most agonizing of any snakebite. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 30 June 2020 Venoms contain cytotoxins, cardiotoxins, hemotoxins and neurotoxins, components of which can be used in the treatment of cancer and many other medical conditions. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of cytotoxin

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Cytotoxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytotoxin. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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cytotoxin

noun
cy·​to·​tox·​in | \ ˌsīt-ə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce cytotoxin (audio) \

Medical Definition of cytotoxin

: a substance (as a toxin or antibody) having a toxic effect on cells

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