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.
Origin of antitoxin
First recorded in 1890–95; anti-
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Related Words for antitoxinantibiotic
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British Dictionary definitions for antitoxin
Derived Formsantitoxic, adjective
an antibody that neutralizes a toxin
blood serum that contains a specific antibody
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Word Origin and History for antitoxin
"substance neutralizing poisons," 1892, from anti- + toxin. Coined in 1890 by German bacteriologist Emil von Behring (1854-1917). Antitoxic in this sense is from 1860.
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An antibody formed in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific biological toxin.
Serum containing antitoxins that is used to prevent or treat diseases caused by biological toxins, such as tetanus and diphtheria.
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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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