One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxin released by a living bacterial cell into its surroundings.Compare with endotoxin
- ‘Pollitt's landmark work has shown that a bacterial exotoxin - Streptococcus bovis - has the capability to cause lamellar separation at the basement membrane of laminae of the foot.’
- ‘The integrity of the gastrointestinal system is vital to preventing formation and release of exotoxins into systemic circulation.’
- ‘A particularly useful subject for studies with polymers has been the bacterial exotoxin [alpha] hemolysin, which forms large pores in lipid bilayers.’
- ‘Scarlet fever usually follows an acute infection of the tonsils or skin by group A beta-hemolytic streptococci that produce an erythrogenic exotoxin.’
- ‘The diphtheria bacillus also secretes an exotoxin that can cause other symptoms such as inflammation of the heart.’
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