toxic

[tok-sik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, affected with, or caused by a toxin or poison: a toxic condition.
2.
acting as or having the effect of a poison; poisonous: a toxic drug.
3.
pertaining to or noting debt that will probably not be repaid: toxic mortgages.
4.
pertaining to or noting a financial instrument or other asset that has no value or an unknown value because there is no market for it: toxic mortgage-backed securities.
noun
5.
a toxic chemical or other substance.

Origin:
1655–65; < Late Latin toxicus poisonous, adj. derivative of Latin toxicum poison < Greek toxikón (orig. short for toxikòn phármakon literally, bow poison, i.e., poison used on arrows), equivalent to tóx(on) bow + -ikon, neuter of -ikos -ic

toxically, adverb
hypertoxic, adjective
nontoxic, adjective
nontoxically, adverb
posttoxic, adjective
untoxic, adjective
untoxically, adverb

toxic, toxin.
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toxic (ˈtɒksɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or poison; poisonous
2.  harmful or deadly
3.  (of a financial asset) likely to cause significant loss to the holder
 
[C17: from medical Latin toxicus, from Latin toxicum poison, from Greek toxikon (pharmakon) (poison) used on arrows, from toxon arrow]
 
'toxically
 
adv

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toxic
1664, from Fr. toxique, from L.L. toxicus "poisoned," from L. toxicum "poison," from Gk. toxikon (pharmakon) "(poison) for use on arrows," from toxikon, neut. of toxikos "pertaining to arrows or archery," and thus to a bow, from toxon "bow," probably from a Scythain word that also was borrowed into L.
as taxus "yew."
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toxic tox·ic (tŏk'sĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or other poison.

  2. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous.

n.
A toxic chemical or other substance.
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toxic   (tŏk'sĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to or caused by a toxin.

  2. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous.


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