antitoxin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antitoxin an antibody that can neutralize a specific toxin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antitoxin A substance (sometimes the product of a specific micro-organism and sometimes naturally present in the blood or tissues of an animal), capable of producing immunity from certain diseases, or of counteracting the poisonous effects of pathogenic bacteria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antitoxin A substance which neutralizes the action of a toxin or poisonous ptomaine; specifically, a substance developed in the body of an animal by inoculation with the germs of diphtheria, which enables it to tolerate this poison.
    • n antitoxin A substance which neutralizes the action of a poison.
    • n antitoxin Specifically: The antibody to a toxin of bacterial or related origin which is produced as the result of immunization with the corresponding toxin. Examples are the diphtheria antitoxin and the tetanus antitoxin.
    • n antitoxin In botany, a substance secreted by a plant which protects it against destructive microbes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antitoxin an-ti-tok′sin the name applied to substances present in the blood of an animal which neutralise the action of toxins or bacterial poisons
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Quotations

  • Eric Hoffer
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    “Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. anti-, + toxin,

Usage

In literature:

The machine clicked and Meta jumped as the antitoxin needle stabbed down.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
This route is sometimes selected for the induction of spinal anaesthesia, and for the injection of antitoxin in cases of tetanus.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Production of diphtheria antitoxin.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
Modern thought turns to test-tube and microscope, searches for the malignant germ, and manufactures an antitoxin.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
Some vaccines and antitoxins are administered in this way.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
They are foredoomed to failure, despite the discovery of antitoxins.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Death rates from diphtheria and typhoid fever have been greatly reduced by the use of antitoxin and antityphoid vaccine.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
Since the antitoxin treatment was introduced in 1894 it has overshadowed all other methods.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
Familiar examples of these are, of the former diphtheria antitoxin, of the latter anti-plague and anti-typhoid sera.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
The more recent furore against antitoxin is still in many persons' minds.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Antitoxins were extensively used during the European War.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Why, Mr. Baker is tickled to death about the Hamilton antitoxin.
"Why Marry?" by Jesse Lynch Williams
In the early days of the employment of diphtheria antitoxin, all of these complications were noted in many cases.
"Makers of Modern Medicine" by James J. Walsh
The treatment must be both general with antitoxin and local with antiseptics.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
In the case of diphtheria, the antitoxin appears to be more efficacious than an opsonin.
"The Pros and Cons of Vivisection" by Charles Richet
The antitoxin has been found, and is applied successfully.
"A Ten Year War" by Jacob A. Riis
The bacillus remains after the use of antitoxin just as if antitoxin had not been used.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
But the injection of antitoxin is a "surgical operation" and therefore not provided for by the annual fee.
"Dr. Grenfell's Parish" by Norman Duncan
Stand by with lint, bandages and antitoxin!
"The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury" by Asenath Carver Coolidge
He is fetching an antitoxin which he proposes trying, if the patient lives until his return.
"The Following of the Star" by Florence L. Barclay
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In news:

Funding for Anthrax Antitoxin Hits $149M.
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — Contraband alcohol is believed to have sickened at least seven Arizona inmates, who are receiving antitoxins for suspected botulism poisoning, officials said Tuesday.
Contraband alcohol is believed to have sickened at least seven Arizona inmates, who are receiving antitoxins for suspected botulism poisoning, officials said Tuesday.
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