Toxin definition

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A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when introduced into the body tissues but is often also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.
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A poisonous or harmful nonbiological substance, such as a pollutant.
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A poisonous or harmful nonbiological substance, such as a pollutant.
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Any of various similar poisons, related to proteins, formed in certain plants, as ricin, or secreted by certain animals, as snake venom: toxins, when injected into animals or humans, typically initiate the formation of antitoxins.
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Any of various poisonous compounds produced by some microorganisms and causing certain diseases.
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A poisonous substance, especially one produced by a living organism. Toxins can be products or byproducts of ordinary metabolism, such as lactic acid, and they must be broken down or excreted before building up to dangerous levels. Toxins can facilitate survival, as with snake venom that kills or immobilizes prey, or cyanide produced by some plants as a defense against being eaten. Bacterial toxins can sometimes be neutralized with antitoxins.
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A toxic or poisonous substance produced by the biological processes of biological organisms.
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A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when introduced into the body tissues but is often also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
toxin
Plural:
toxins

Origin of toxin

  • Latin toxicum.

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