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apamin

noun ap·a·min \ ˈa-pə-mən \

medical Definition of apamin

:a neurotoxic polypeptide C79H131N31O24S4 in the venom of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) that is used especially in biomedical research
  • Apamin is a potent bee venom toxin that blocks small calcium-activated potassium channels. This toxin is also the bee venom constituent responsible for the painful sensation that accompanies bee stings.
  • —David GurwitzThe Lancet23 Jan. 1999

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