[ en-doh-tok-sin ]

  1. the toxic protoplasm liberated when a microorganism dies and disintegrates, as in Eberthella typhi, the causative agent of typhoid fever.

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Origin of endotoxin

First recorded in 1900–05; endo- + toxin

Other words from endotoxin

  • en·do·tox·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for endotoxin


/ (ˌɛndəʊˈtɒksɪn) /

  1. a toxin contained within the protoplasm of an organism, esp a bacterium, and liberated only at death

Derived forms of endotoxin

  • endotoxic, adjective

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