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bungarotoxin

Syllabification: bun·ga·ro·tox·in
Pronunciation: /ˌbəNGɡərəˈtäksin
 
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Definition of bungarotoxin in English:

noun

Biochemistry
A powerful neurotoxin found in the venom of the krait.
Example sentences
  • Venoms of the Elapidae snakes contain several postsynaptic polypeptide neurotoxins, such as bungarotoxin isolated from the venom of the banded krait.
  • Nicotine and the snake venom, [alpha] bungarotoxin, also bind these receptors with agonistic and antagonistic effects, respectively.
  • Electron density profile structures were calculated in the absence and presence of [alpha] bungarotoxin, revealing a location for the toxin binding sites.

Origin

1960s: from the modern Latin genus name Bungarus (perhaps from Sanskrit bhaṅgura 'bent') + toxin.

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