melittin

noun

me·​lit·​tin mə-ˈlit-ᵊn How to pronounce melittin (audio)
: a toxic protein in bee venom that causes localized pain and inflammation but also has a moderate antibacterial and antifungal effect

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“Melittin.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/melittin. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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