Recent Examples of neurotoxin from the Web
All three have required intensive care treatment with an anti-toxin that counteracts the effects of a neurotoxin produced by clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes wound botulism.
Once that mercury is dumped into a river, however, naturally occurring bacteria turn it into methylmercury, a powerful neurotoxin that can wreak havoc on the nervous system, particularly in developing infants.
The package turned out to be a poison trap full of carbofuran, a highly lethal neurotoxin.
All parts of the plant contain a neurotoxin called cycasin, which can be deadly – even in tiny amounts – to dogs and cats.
The Environmental Protection Agency specifies that anyone using Avitrol must stay in any area where the neurotoxin is used and incinerate any animals that die as a result of its use so that no other creatures come into contact with it.
Some plants have had trouble meeting commission standards for mercury, a neurotoxin that concentrates in the food web.
Botox and Dysport are neurotoxins that can be used to balance the muscles in the forehead in order to elevate the brows.
Lead is a neurotoxin linked to schizophrenia, poor academic performance, low cognitive ability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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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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