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[aw-toh-in-tok-suh-key-shuh n]
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noun Pathology.
  1. poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body, as during intestinal digestion.
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Origin of autointoxication

First recorded in 1885–90; auto-1 + intoxication
Also called autotoxemia, autotoxaemia, autotoxicosis.
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Examples from the Web for autointoxication

Historical Examples

  • Autointoxication is said to play a prominent rle in the causation of melancholia.

    Essays In Pastoral Medicine

    Austin Malley

  • A good deal of the talk about autointoxication is just talk.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

  • He imagines himself the victim of autointoxication, afflicted with paralysis of the colon or dearth of intestinal secretions.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

  • While autointoxication may not be the primary cause of eczema, it augments all zymotic conditions.

  • Whether there is a poisoning of the organism, an autointoxication, in such a condition is not a settled matter.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson

British Dictionary definitions for autointoxication


  1. self-poisoning caused by absorption of toxic products originating within the bodyAlso called: autotoxaemia
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

autointoxication in Medicine


  1. Self-poisoning resulting from the absorption of waste products of metabolism, decomposed intestinal matter, or other toxins produced within the body.endogenic toxicosis
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