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endotoxin vs. exotoxin
endotoxin vs. exotoxin: What's the difference?
Endotoxins and exotoxins are both toxins from microorganisms. Endotoxins are contained within the cell wall of certain microorganisms (specifically bacteria), and are only released when the cell is destroyed. Endotoxins are less prolific and potent than most exotoxins, which are excreted (expelled) by microorganisms and released into the environment they’re growing in (such as inside your body, for example). Endo- means “within.” Exo- means “outside.”