cytotoxin

[sahy-tuh-tok-sin]
noun Immunology, Pharmacology.
a substance that has a toxic effect on certain cells.

Origin:
1900–05; cyto- + toxin

cytotoxic, adjective
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cytotoxic (ˌsaɪtəʊˈtɒksɪk)
 
adj
poisonous to living cells: denoting certain drugs used in the treatment of leukaemia and other cancers
 
cytotoxicity
 
n

cytotoxin (ˌsaɪtəʊˈtɒksɪn)
 
n
any substance that is poisonous to living cells

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cytotoxic
1907, from cyto- + toxic.
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cytotoxic cy·to·tox·ic (sī'tə-tŏk'sĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or producing a toxic effect on cells.


cy'to·tox·ic'i·ty (-tŏk-sĭs'ĭ-tē) n.

cytotoxin cy·to·tox·in (sī'tə-tŏk'sĭn)
n.
A substance having a specific toxic effect on certain cells.

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Cytotoxic means poisonous to the living cells that make up a plant's or animal's body.
Patients who have three or more relapses may do better with cytotoxic therapy.
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