toxoid

noun
tox·​oid | \ ˈtäk-ˌsȯid How to pronounce toxoid (audio) \

Definition of toxoid

: a toxin of a pathogenic organism treated so as to destroy its toxicity but leave it capable of inducing the formation of antibodies on injection

Examples of toxoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are made by using a weakened toxin, called a toxoid, and include the DTaP vaccine. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Why could it take years to develop a coronavirus vaccine?," 21 Apr. 2020 For the diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine or DTaP, coverage ranged from 88.8% in Idaho to at least 99.2% in Mississippi, according to the report. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Vaccine exemption rates among US kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says," 17 Oct. 2019 Diphtheria and tetanus protection from the DTaP vaccine come from their respective toxoids. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Parents Need to Know About the Immunization Schedule for Kids," 26 Aug. 2019 Gangrene, an anaerobic infection, was common in war wounds, and Stewart helped developed toxoids for gangrene treatment and immunization that would later be used in World War II. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of toxoid

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Toxoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxoid. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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toxoid

noun
tox·​oid | \ ˈtäk-ˌsȯid How to pronounce toxoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of toxoid

: a toxin of a pathogenic organism treated so as to destroy its toxicity but leave it capable of inducing the formation of antibodies on injection diphtheria toxoid

called also anatoxin

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