toxinnoun [ C ]uk /ˈtɒk.sɪn/ us /ˈtɑːk.sɪn/
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- A poison that exists naturally in an insect or animal, and which is often introduced into the victim by biting or stinging, is known as a venom, while one in a plant is generally known as a toxin.
- Plant toxins range from those that simply bother the skin to those that cause pain or death when eaten.
- Until the advance of the science of chemistry in the 19th century, most poisons used by humans were either venoms or toxins.