Share this entry

Share this page

antitoxin

Line breaks: anti|toxin
Pronunciation: /antɪˈtɒksɪn
 
/

Definition of antitoxin in English:

noun

Physiology
An antibody that counteracts a toxin.
Example sentences
  • Human science employs somewhat similar procedures to produce what are called antitoxins, protein antibodies, to certain microorganisms.
  • Some antibodies are antitoxins, which directly neutralize any toxins secreted by the antigens.
  • For example, antitoxins, like tetanus antitoxin, are made by injecting horses with a small amount of the toxin so that the animal produces the antibodies.

Derivatives

antitoxic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • It is a very important folk medicine in Taiwan, and is reported to have antineoplastic, antitoxic and immunoenhancing properties, as well as for treating malignancies.
  • The pharmacological or biochemical mechanism of this antitoxic action has not yet been proved.
  • It is also highly potent as an antitoxic agent in exogenous poisoning, organic and inorganic.

Definition of antitoxin in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…