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enterotoxin

[en-tuh-roh-tok-sin] /ˌɛn tə roʊˈtɒk sɪn/
noun, Pathology
1.
a toxic substance produced by certain bacteria that on ingestion causes violent vomiting and diarrhea.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; entero- + toxin
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  • They produce a hemolysin and an st enterotoxin similar to that of etec.
enterotoxin in Medicine

enterotoxin en·ter·o·tox·in (ěn'tə-rō-tŏk'sĭn)
n.
A cytotoxin produced by bacteria that is specific for the mucous membrane of the intestine and causes the vomiting and diarrhea associated with food poisoning.

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