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cytotoxin

[sahy-tuh-tok-sin] /ˌsaɪ təˈtɒk sɪn/
noun, Immunology, Pharmacology
1.
a substance that has a toxic effect on certain cells.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; cyto- + toxin
Related forms
cytotoxic, adjective
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Examples from the web for cytotoxic
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for cytotoxic

cytotoxic

/ˌsaɪtəʊˈtɒksɪk/
adjective
1.
poisonous to living cells: denoting certain drugs used in the treatment of leukaemia and other cancers
Derived Forms
cytotoxicity (ˌsaɪtəʊtɒkˈsɪsɪtɪ) noun

cytotoxin

/ˌsaɪtəʊˈtɒksɪn/
noun
1.
any substance that is poisonous to living cells
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Word Origin and History for cytotoxic
adj.

1902, from cyto- + toxic. Related: Cytotoxicity.

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cytotoxic in Medicine

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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