endotoxin

noun en·do·tox·in \ ˌen-dō-ˈtäk-sən \

Definition of endotoxin

: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 \ˌen-dō-ˈtäk-sik\ adjective

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endotoxin

noun en·do·tox·in \ ˌen-dō-ˈtäk-sən \

medical Definition of endotoxin

: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

endotoxic

play \-sik\ adjective

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