endotoxin endotoxin

Definition(s):

  • (n) a toxin that is confined inside the microorganisms and is released only when the microorganisms are broken down or die

Usage(s):

  • Once there, one part of the bacterial cell wall called endotoxin can trigger a cascade of lethal effects, culminating in multiple organ failure and death, sometimes within hours.

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/ˈtæn dʒə bəl /