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antitoxin

[an-ti-tok-sin, an-tee-] /ˌæn tɪˈtɒk sɪn, ˌæn ti-/
noun
1.
a substance, formed in the body, that counteracts a specific toxin.
2.
the antibody formed in immunization with a given toxin, used in treating certain infectious diseases or in immunizing against them.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; anti- + toxin
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British Dictionary definitions for antitoxin

antitoxin

/ˌæntɪˈtɒksɪn/
noun
1.
an antibody that neutralizes a toxin
2.
blood serum that contains a specific antibody
Derived Forms
antitoxic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for antitoxin
n.

"substance neutralizing poisons," 1892, from anti- + toxin. Coined in 1890 by German bacteriologist Emil von Behring (1854-1917). Antitoxic in this sense is from 1860.

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antitoxin in Medicine

antitoxin an·ti·tox·in (ān'tē-tŏk'sĭn)
n.

  1. An antibody formed in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific biological toxin.

  2. Serum containing antitoxins that is used to prevent or treat diseases caused by biological toxins, such as tetanus and diphtheria.

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antitoxin in Science
antitoxin
  (ān'tē-tŏk'sĭn, ān'tī-)   
  1. An antibody formed in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific toxin of biological origin. Compare toxin.

  2. An animal or human serum containing antitoxins, used to prevent or treat diseases caused by biological toxins, such as tetanus, botulism, and diphtheria.


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