toxalbumin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From toxin 'organic poison' (from Middle Latin toxicus 'poisonous', from Latin toxicum 'poison (for arrows)', from Ancient Greek (toxikon), from (toxa) 'arrows', from (toxon) 'bow') + albumin 'protein' (from French albumine, from Latin albumen 'egg white', from albus 'white'). The term was first used in about 1890 by the research chemists Ludwig Brieger (1849-1919) and Sigmund Fraenkel (1868-1939).

Noun[edit]

toxalbumin (plural toxalbumins)

  1. A protein which is toxic (i.e. organic and poisonous)
    Certain plants, viperine snake venom, resin and various bacteria contain toxalbumins

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