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aflatoxin

[af-luh-tok-sin] /ˌæf ləˈtɒk sɪn/
noun
1.
any of various related mycotoxins produced by a species of Aspergillus, commonly A. flavus, found as a contaminant in moldy grains and meals, as in rice and peanut meal, and suspected of causing liver cancer in humans and other animals.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; A(spergillus) fla(vus) (species name; see aspergillus, flavo-) + toxin
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  • aflatoxin contamination of peanuts is a serious problem wherever peanuts are grown.
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aflatoxin

/ˌæfləˈtɒksɪn/
noun
1.
a toxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus growing on peanuts, maize, etc, causing liver disease (esp cancer) in man
Word Origin
C20: from A(spergillus) fla(vus) + toxin
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aflatoxin in Medicine

aflatoxin af·la·tox·in (āf'lə-tŏk'sĭn)
n.
Any of a group of toxic compounds produced by certain molds, especially Aspergillus flavus, that contaminate stored food supplies such as animal feed and peanuts.

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