my·​co·​tox·​in ˌmī-kə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce mycotoxin (audio)
: a toxic substance produced by a fungus and especially a mold

Examples of mycotoxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These tests show levels of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as detecting any traces of unwanted foreign material such as pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and bacteria or yeast. Discover Magazine, 2 June 2023 Examples include grains contaminated with strains of fungus, known as mycotoxins, and feed consisting of the animal’s own species. Catherine Wang, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 The Kansas Water Science Center will study specimens to look at the occurrence of antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and mycotoxins. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 24 July 2023 Even worse, according to the World Health Organization, mold can trigger allergic reactions, aggravate asthma and release the mycotoxins that can cause acute poisoning. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, 20 July 2023 It’s estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that around 25 percent of the world’s food crops contain mycotoxins, says the USDA. Aryelle Siclait, Women's Health, 23 Mar. 2023 Sometimes as a result, these products can contain things such as residual solvents, heavy metals and mycotoxins, all things that can be potentially harmful for people to consume. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2023 Lab test results are published on-site, including microbial and mycotoxin test results, which is not always the norm. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 Black Soldier Fly larvae have even been shown to convert even that kind of mycotoxin contaminated waste-stream into a safe animal feed. Steven Savage, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mycotoxin was in 1962

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“Mycotoxin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


my·​co·​tox·​in -ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce mycotoxin (audio)
: a poisonous substance produced by a fungus and especially a mold see aflatoxin

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