toxoid

[ tok-soid ]
/ ˈtɒk sɔɪd /

noun

a toxin rendered nontoxic by treatment with chemical agents or by physical means and used for administration into the body in order to produce specific immunity by stimulating the production of antibodies.

Nearby words

  1. toxins,
  2. toxipathic,
  3. toxiphobia,
  4. toxo-,
  5. toxocariasis,
  6. toxophil,
  7. toxophilite,
  8. toxophore,
  9. toxoplasma,
  10. toxoplasma gondii

Origin of toxoid

First recorded in 1890–95; tox(in) + -oid

Also called anatoxin.

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British Dictionary definitions for toxoid

toxoid

/ (ˈtɒksɔɪd) /

noun

a toxin that has been treated to reduce its toxicity and is used in immunization to stimulate production of antitoxins
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Medicine definitions for toxoid

toxoid

[ tŏksoid′ ]

n.

A substance that has been treated to destroy its toxic properties but that retains the capacity to stimulate production of antitoxins, used in immunization.

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Science definitions for toxoid

toxoid

[ tŏksoid′ ]

A substance that is normally toxic but has been treated to destroy its toxic properties without eliminating its capacity to stimulate the production of antitoxins by the immune system.
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