endotoxin

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noun en·do·tox·in \ˌen-dō-ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of endotoxin

  1. :  a toxic heat-stable lipopolysaccharide substance present in the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria that is released from the cell upon lysis

endotoxic

play \-sik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of endotoxin

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1904


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endotoxin

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noun en·do·tox·in \ˌen-dō-ˈtäk-sən\

Medical Definition of endotoxin

  1. :  a toxin of internal origin; specifically :  a poisonous substance present in bacteria (as the causative agent of typhoid fever) but separable from the cell body only on its disintegration—compare exotoxin

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