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bungarotoxin Line breaks: bun¦garo|toxin
Pronunciation: /ˌbʌŋɡərə(ʊ)ˈtɒksɪn/

Definition of bungarotoxin in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound found in the venom of the krait (snake) which is a powerful neurotoxin.
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.


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

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