Recent Examples of neurotoxin from the Web
Many of the Chinese studies were unable to control for other potential neurotoxins such as lead or mercury.
Some investors are discouraged by the competition in the neurotoxin market.
Their venom also contains neurotoxins, but one which can kill a human being in 15 minutes.
Lead is a potent neurotoxin that even at low levels of exposure can cause permanent brain damage in children.
Previous studies have found fluoride to be a potential neurotoxin at extremely high levels.
The analysis also supports the provocative idea that members of Latrodectus got their neurotoxins when a bacterium invaded their ancestor's cells and left behind some of its DNA.
Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that is especially dangerous for children younger than 6.
Mongooses have mutated cells that block the mambas' neurotoxins from entering their bloodstream.
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Did You Know?
The nervous system is almost all-powerful in the body: all five senses depend on it, as do breathing, digestion, and the heart. So it's an obvious target for poisons, and neurotoxins have developed as weapons in many animals, including snakes, bees, and spiders. Some wasps use a neurotoxin to paralyze their prey so that it can be stored alive to be eaten later. Snake venom is often neurotoxic (as in cobras and coral snakes, for example), though it may instead be hemotoxic (as in rattlesnakes and coppermouths), operating on the circulatory system. Artificial neurotoxins, called nerve agents, have been developed by scientists as means of chemical warfare; luckily, few have ever been used.
Origin and Etymology of neurotoxin
First Known Use: 1902See Words from the same year
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