Definition of exotoxin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeksōˌtäksən/


A toxin released by a living bacterial cell into its surroundings. Compare with endotoxin.
Example sentences
  • Pollitt's landmark work has shown that a bacterial exotoxin - Streptococcus bovis - has the capability to cause lamellar separation at the basement membrane of laminae of the foot.
  • A particularly useful subject for studies with polymers has been the bacterial exotoxin [alpha] hemolysin, which forms large pores in lipid bilayers.
  • The integrity of the gastrointestinal system is vital to preventing formation and release of exotoxins into systemic circulation.

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Syllabification: ex·o·tox·in

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