Meaning of endotoxin in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛndə(ʊ)ˈtɒksɪn/


  • A toxin present inside a bacterial cell that is released when it disintegrates.

    Compare with exotoxin

    ‘One of those suspected factors is bacterial endotoxins because they are present in oral and nasal cavities and air pollutants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a bacterial product containing both endotoxins and spores which are active on a variety of insects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once they get inside the human body, they begin producing an endotoxin.’