Definition of endotoxin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈendəˌtäksən/


A toxin that is present inside a bacterial cell and is released when the cell disintegrates. It is sometimes responsible for the characteristic symptoms of a disease, e.g., in botulism. Compare with exotoxin.
Example sentences
  • One of those suspected factors is bacterial endotoxins because they are present in oral and nasal cavities and air pollutants.
  • This only is effective, however, if the entire surface area of the product has been cleaned properly and no bacterial endotoxins remain because the sterilization process cannot inactivate toxins.
  • It is a bacterial product containing both endotoxins and spores which are active on a variety of insects.



Pronunciation: /ˌendōˈtäksik/
Example sentences
  • The patient is not only at risk for abscess, necrosis and endotoxic shock, but also likely to develop a deformity such as ‘cauliflower ear,’ which is just as ugly a condition as its name implies.
  • Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant that can regulate this process in endotoxic shock, mainly by decreasing free radical production.
  • The endotoxic activity of the live bacterium was studied by feeding this to the worms in the lawn.

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Syllabification: en·do·tox·in

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