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[tok-sik] /ˈtɒk sɪk/

of, pertaining to, affected with, or caused by a or poison:
a toxic condition.
acting as or having the effect of a poison; poisonous:
a toxic drug.
pertaining to or noting debt that will probably not be repaid:
toxic mortgages.
pertaining to or noting a financial instrument or other asset that has no value or an unknown value because there is no market for it:
toxic mortgage-backed securities.
a toxic chemical or other substance.
of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or poison; poisonous
harmful or deadly
(of a financial asset) likely to cause significant loss to the holder

also nontoxic, 1892, from non- + toxic.

1660s, from French toxique, from Late Latin toxicus “poisoned,” from Latin toxicum “poison,” from Greek toxikon (pharmakon) “(poison) for use on arrows,” from toxikon, neuter of toxikos “pertaining to arrows or archery,” and thus to a bow, from toxon “bow,” probably from a Scythian word that also was borrowed into Latin as taxus “yew.”

toxic tox·ic (tŏk’sĭk)

A toxic chemical or other substance.


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