[pat-yoo-lin, pach-oo-]

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

patulin in Medicine


  1. 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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