batrachotoxin[ba′trə kō täks′in; bə trak′ō-]
a steroidal alkaloid, CHNO, found in the skin of certain Neotropical frogs (genus Phyllobates) and used on poison arrows: one of the most powerful natural neurotoxins known
A steroid alkaloid derived from skin secretions of South American poison-dart frogs of the genus Phyllobates. It is one of the most potent venoms known.
Origin of batrachotoxinGreek batrakhos, frog + toxin.
(countable and uncountable, plural batrachotoxins)
- (neurotoxicology, uncountable) An extremely neurotoxic and cardiotoxic steroidal alkaloid found in poison dart frogs.
- (toxicology, countable) Any one of a group of extremely neurotoxic and cardiotoxic steriodal alkaloids found in poison dart frogs, Melyridae beetles and birds.
From Ancient Greek βάτραχος (batrachos, “frog”) and τοξίνη (toxine, “poison”)