Any of various toxic proteins obtained from certain plants and bacterial cultures.
A poisonous protein found in certain plants and cultures of bacteria, and in snake venoms.
Any of various toxic proteins, such as ricin and diphtheria toxin, produced by certain plants and bacteria.
Origin of toxalbumin
- From toxin 'organic poison' (from Middle Latin toxicus 'poisonous', from Latin toxicum 'poison (for arrows)', from Ancient Greek (toxikon), from (toxa) 'arrows', from (toxon) 'bow') + albumin 'protein' (from French albumine, from Latin albumen 'egg white', from albus 'white'). The term was first used in about 1890 by the research chemists Ludwig Brieger (1849-1919) and Sigmund Fraenkel (1868-1939).