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antitoxin

[ an-ti-tok-sin, an-tee- ]
/ ˌæn tɪˈtɒk sɪn, ˌæn ti- /
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noun
a substance, formed in the body, that counteracts a specific toxin.
the antibody formed in immunization with a given toxin, used in treating certain infectious diseases or in immunizing against them.
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Origin of antitoxin

First recorded in 1890–95; anti- + toxin
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British Dictionary definitions for antitoxin

antitoxin
/ (ˌæntɪˈtɒksɪn) /

noun
an antibody that neutralizes a toxin
blood serum that contains a specific antibody

Derived forms of antitoxin

antitoxic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for antitoxin

antitoxin
[ ăn′tē-tŏksĭn, ăn′tī- ]

An antibody formed in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific toxin of biological origin. Compare toxin.
An animal or human serum containing antitoxins, used to prevent or treat diseases caused by biological toxins, such as tetanus, botulism, and diphtheria.
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