cytotoxin

[ sahy-tuh-tok-sin ]
/ ˌsaɪ təˈtɒk sɪn /

noun Immunology, Pharmacology.

a substance that has a toxic effect on certain cells.

Nearby words

  1. cytothesis,
  2. cytotoxic,
  3. cytotoxic reaction,
  4. cytotoxic t cell,
  5. cytotoxicity,
  6. cytotrophoblast,
  7. cytotropic,
  8. cytotropic antibody,
  9. cytotropism,
  10. cytozoic

Origin of cytotoxin

First recorded in 1900–05; cyto- + toxin

Related formscy·to·tox·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for cytotoxic

cytotoxic

/ (ˌsaɪtəʊˈtɒksɪk) /

adjective

poisonous to living cells: denoting certain drugs used in the treatment of leukaemia and other cancers
Derived Formscytotoxicity (ˌsaɪtəʊtɒkˈsɪsɪtɪ), noun

cytotoxin

/ (ˌsaɪtəʊˈtɒksɪn) /

noun

any substance that is poisonous to living cells
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Word Origin and History for cytotoxic

cytotoxic

adj.

1902, from cyto- + toxic. Related: Cytotoxicity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cytotoxic

cytotoxic

[ sī′tə-tŏksĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or producing a toxic effect on cells.
Related formscy′to•tox•ici•ty (-tŏk-sĭsĭ-tē) n.


cytotoxin

[ sī′tə-tŏksĭn ]

n.

A substance having a specific toxic effect on certain cells.

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