Definition of endotoxin in English:

endotoxin

noun

Microbiology
  • A toxin that is present inside a bacterial cell and is released when the cell disintegrates. It is sometimes responsible for the characteristic symptoms of a disease, e.g., in botulism.

    Compare with exotoxin
    • ‘The interaction between allergens and some indoor bacterial endotoxins is a current conundrum of our immunological knowledge, therefore these results indicate that more research is needed in this area.’
    • ‘It is a bacterial product containing both endotoxins and spores which are active on a variety of insects.’
    • ‘One of those suspected factors is bacterial endotoxins because they are present in oral and nasal cavities and air pollutants.’
    • ‘Once they get inside the human body, they begin producing an endotoxin.’
    • ‘This only is effective, however, if the entire surface area of the product has been cleaned properly and no bacterial endotoxins remain because the sterilization process cannot inactivate toxins.’

Pronunciation

endotoxin

/ˈendəˌtäksən//ˈɛndəˌtɑksən/