- the toxic protoplasm liberated when a microorganism dies and disintegrates, as in Eberthella typhi, the causative agent of typhoid fever.
Origin of endotoxin
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- a toxin contained within the protoplasm of an organism, esp a bacterium, and liberated only at death
- A toxin that forms an integral part of the cell wall of certain bacteria and is only released upon destruction of the bacterial cell. Endotoxins are less potent and less specific than most exotoxins and do not form toxoids.intracellular toxin