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a substance, formed in the body, that counteracts a specific .
the antibody formed in immunization with a given , used in treating certain infectious diseases or in immunizing against them.
Historical Examples

The laboratories of the board of health prepare this antitoxin and supply it fresh for public use.
A Civic Biology George William Hunter

Meanwhile the bacteriologists are steadily at work on a vaccine or antitoxin.
Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson

The night we discovered the Hamilton antitoxin, the night that made the Baker Institute famous!
Why Marry? Jesse Lynch Williams

Rashes are produced in about one-third of the cases, and are attributable to the antitoxin.
Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget

The use of antitoxin, which prevents annually many thousands of deaths from diphtheria, does not help us in many other diseases.
Proceedings of the Second National Conservation Congress Various

Nearly the same thing might be said of antitoxin for diphtheria.
Essays In Pastoral Medicine Austin Malley

This antitoxin should be administered only by a competent veterinarian.
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture

The bacillus remains after the use of antitoxin just as if antitoxin had not been used.
Essays In Pastoral Medicine Austin Malley

The preventive use of the antitoxin has, of course, a very limited range outside veterinary surgery.
Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget

Why, Mr. Baker is tickled to death about the Hamilton antitoxin.
Why Marry? Jesse Lynch Williams

an antibody that neutralizes a toxin
blood serum that contains a specific antibody

“substance neutralizing poisons,” 1892, from anti- + toxin. Coined in 1890 by German bacteriologist Emil von Behring (1854-1917). Antitoxic in this sense is from 1860.

antitoxin an·ti·tox·in (ān’tē-tŏk’sĭn)

An antibody formed in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific biological toxin.

Serum containing antitoxins that is used to prevent or treat diseases caused by biological toxins, such as tetanus and diphtheria.

(ān’tē-tŏk’sĭn, ān’tī-)

An antibody formed in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific toxin of biological origin. Compare toxin.

An animal or human serum containing antitoxins, used to prevent or treat diseases caused by biological toxins, such as tetanus, botulism, and diphtheria.


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