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[exo- + toxin]
A toxin produced and released by bacteria, e.g., staphylococci, streptococci, Vibrio cholerae, Pseudomonas spp, and Escherichia coli. The actions of specific exotoxins vary with the organism. Staphylococcal exotoxins stimulate release of gamma interferon and can cause systemic inflammatory response syndrome. Inactivated exotoxins are used as the basis for diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.
SEE: bacterium; SEE: endotoxin; SEE: sepsis; SEE: systemic inflammatory response syndrome; SEE: toxoid
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Venes, Donald, editor. "Exotoxin." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 24th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2021. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/752438/all/exotoxin.
Exotoxin. In: Venes DD, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/752438/all/exotoxin. Accessed June 5, 2023.
Exotoxin. (2021). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary (24th ed.). F.A. Davis Company. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/752438/all/exotoxin
Exotoxin [Internet]. In: Venes DD, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. [cited 2023 June 05]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/752438/all/exotoxin.
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