Sentence Examples


  • People who are sensitive (about 10%) must be desensitized with diluted antitoxin, since as of 2004 the antitoxin is the only specific substance that counteracts diphtheria exotoxin.
  • Inside the membrane, the bacteria produce an exotoxin, which is a poisonous secretion that causes the life-threatening symptoms of diphtheria.
  • The most serious complications caused by the exotoxin are inflammations of the heart muscle (myocarditis) and damage to the nervous system.
  • It is important not to try to remove the membrane because the trauma may increase the body's absorption of the exotoxin.
  • The exotoxin is carried throughout the body in the bloodstream, destroying healthy tissue in other parts of the body.