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n. (context biochemistry English) any substance, produced by a mold or fungus, that is injurious to vertebrates upon ingestion, inhalation or skin contact


n. a toxin produced by a fungus


A mycotoxin (from Greek μύκης (mykes, mukos) "fungus" and τοξικόν (toxikon) "poison") is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by organisms of the fungus kingdom, commonly known as molds. The term 'mycotoxin' is usually reserved for the toxic chemical products produced by fungi that readily colonize crops. One mold species may produce many different mycotoxins, and several species may produce the same mycotoxin.

Usage examples of "mycotoxin".

The only thing that would remain the same would be the very painful, very lethal mycotoxin waiting to be unleashed.

Daniel barked into the phone, rattling off the location of the operatives and the mycotoxin to the SWAT teams eager for their role in a major bust.

If a bright soul had access to lab equipment or the money and determination to build his or her own lab, he could distill the trichothecene mycotoxins from the mold.

In 1981, Secretary of State Alexander Haig announced that the Soviet Union and its communist allies in Southeast Asia were using chemical weapons in the form of trichothecene mycotoxins, a fungal poison.

I did fumble the nomenclature of mycotoxins in my first article in that field.

It is not enough to seek out and destroy Soviet-equipped shock units in Cambodia and Laos who are unleashing lethal mycotoxins of the trichothecene group on the populace there.

Old men who’d left their eyes under Asian suns squatted beside twitching boys who’d inhaled mycotoxins in Chile.