[ pat-yoo-lin, pach-oo- ]
/ ˈpæt yʊ lɪn, ˈpætʃ ʊ- /

noun Pharmacology.

a toxic antibiotic, C7H6O4, derived from various fungi, as Penicillium patulum and Aspergillus clavatus.

Nearby words

  1. patty-cake,
  2. pattypan squash,
  3. pattée,
  4. patu,
  5. patuca,
  6. patulous,
  7. patulously,
  8. patutuki,
  9. patwin,
  10. paty

Origin of patulin

1940–45; < New Latin patul(um) specific epithet of the fungus (Latin: neuter of patulus patulous) + -in2

Also called clavacin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for patulin


[ păchə-lĭn ]


A toxic antibiotic that is derived from the metabolites of certain fungi, such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Gymnoascus, and has carcinogenic activity.

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