[ en-tuh-roh-tok-sin ]
/ ˌɛn tə roʊˈtɒk sɪn /

noun Pathology.

a toxic substance produced by certain bacteria that on ingestion causes violent vomiting and diarrhea.

Nearby words

  1. enterostenosis,
  2. enterostomy,
  3. enterotomy,
  4. enterotoxemia,
  5. enterotoxigenic,
  6. enterotropic,
  7. enterovirus,
  8. enterozoa,
  9. enterozoon,
  10. enterprise

Origin of enterotoxin

First recorded in 1935–40; entero- + toxin

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Medicine definitions for enterotoxin


[ ĕn′tə-rō-tŏksĭn ]


A cytotoxin produced by bacteria that is specific for the mucous membrane of the intestine and causes the vomiting and diarrhea associated with food poisoning.

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