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[aw-toh-in-tok-suh-key-shuh n] /ˌɔ toʊ ɪnˌtɒk səˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun, Pathology
poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body, as during intestinal digestion.
Also called autotoxemia, autotoxaemia, autotoxicosis.
Origin of autointoxication
1885-90; auto-1 + intoxication Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He imagines himself the victim of autointoxication, afflicted with paralysis of the colon or dearth of intestinal secretions.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • While autointoxication may not be the primary cause of eczema, it augments all zymotic conditions.

  • autointoxication is said to play a prominent rle in the causation of melancholia.

  • It is evident that eczema may arise from local irritation to the skin or from an autointoxication.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • A good deal of the talk about autointoxication is just talk.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Whether there is a poisoning of the organism, an autointoxication, in such a condition is not a settled matter.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
British Dictionary definitions for autointoxication


self-poisoning caused by absorption of toxic products originating within the body Also called autotoxaemia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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autointoxication in Medicine

autointoxication au·to·in·tox·i·ca·tion (ô'tō-ĭn-tŏk'sĭ-kā'shən)
Self-poisoning resulting from the absorption of waste products of metabolism, decomposed intestinal matter, or other toxins produced within the body. Also called endogenic toxicosis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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