[ af-luh-tok-sin ]
/ ˌæf ləˈtɒk sɪn /


any of various related mycotoxins produced by a species of Aspergillus, commonly A. flavus, found as a contaminant in moldy grains and meals, as in rice and peanut meal, and suspected of causing liver cancer in humans and other animals.

Words nearby aflatoxin

Origin of aflatoxin

1960–65; A(spergillus) fla(vus) (species name; see aspergillus, flavo-) + toxin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for aflatoxin

/ (ˌæfləˈtɒksɪn) /


a toxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus growing on peanuts, maize, etc, causing liver disease (esp cancer) in man

Word Origin for aflatoxin

C20: from A (spergillus) fla (vus) + toxin
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Medical definitions for aflatoxin

[ ăf′lə-tŏksĭn ]


Any of a group of toxic compounds produced by certain molds, especially Aspergillus flavus, that contaminate stored food supplies such as animal feed and peanuts.
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