Definition of aflatoxin in English:


Syllabification: af·la·tox·in
Pronunciation: /ˌafləˈtäksən


  • Any of a class of toxic compounds that are produced by certain molds found in food, and can cause liver damage and cancer.
    • These are produced by fungi of the Aspergillus flavus group, subdivision Deuteromycotina
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    • Several varieties of the mould Aspergillus produce a group of carcinogens called aflatoxins, which cause liver injury and cancer.
    • Excessive absorption of the naturally-occurring aflatoxin can lead to liver damage in the long term, said Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officials.
    • The most potent human carcinogen known is the mycotoxin aflatoxin, and it is certainly not an artificial chemical.


1960s: from elements of the modern Latin taxonomic name (see above) + toxin.

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