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Definition of the noun aflatoxin

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noun - plural: aflatoxins

  1. a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
    • example: Virtually all sources of commercial peanut butter in the United States contain minute quantities of aflatoxin.
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic terms: bioarm / biological weapon / bioweapon = any weapon usable in biological warfare; mycotoxin = a toxin produced by a fungus

Alternative definition of the noun aflatoxin


  1. [poison] Any of a family of mycotoxins, produces by molds of the Aspergillus genus, that can be toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic; typically found as contaminants of animal food or peanuts.


Aflatoxin: A group of closely related toxic metabolites that are designated mycotoxins. They are produced by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. Members of the group include aflatoxin B1; aflatoxin B2, aflatoxin G1, aflatoxin G2; aflatoxin M1; and aflatoxin M2.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Aflatoxin

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Google previewSwine Nutrition (1991)

by Elwyn R. Miller, Duane E. Ullrey, Austin J. Lewis

Aflatoxin is the mycotoxin of greatest concern due to its extreme toxicity and carcinogenicity. It has been responsible for the death of a large number of livestock and its cancer-causing properties are a risk to both humans and ...

Google previewUpon a Clay Tablet, the Definitive Guide to Healing with Homeostatic Clay (2009)

by Jason R Eaton

In certain parts of the world, levels of aflatoxins in food produced for human consumption are monitored because aflatoxin is a product of grain mold, Aspergillus flavzis. commonly found in animal feed. It is estimated that one quarter of the ...

Google previewUnwelcome Harvest (2013)

Agriculture and Pollution by Gordon R. Conway, Jules N. Pretty

Aflatoxin is a widespread, natural product of moulds growing on cereals and nuts, particularly in the tropics. Although natural, it is the most significant carcinogenic pollutant of food in developing countries: intake is correlated with liver cancer ...

Google previewReview the Impact of Aflatoxin in Southeastern Peanuts (1998)

Hearing Before the Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives by Thomas W. Ewing

Aflatoxin is a toxic carcinogenic compound that is produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. These fungi are naturally present in agricultural soils and they can infect peanuts and contaminate them with aflatoxin ...

Google previewHealthy Homes, Healthy Kids (1991)

Protecting Your Children From Everyday Environmental Hazards by Joyce Schoemaker, Charity Vitale

Aflatoxin is an antibiotic produced by molds to kill off competing species. It is associated with human liver cancer, especially in tropical countries where aflatoxin is common. According to Ames, one peanut butter sandwich is a hundred times ...

Google previewDevelopment of a National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Thailand (1986)

U.S. Advisory Group Visits to Thailand, July 23-August 3, 1984

Because aflatoxin is an international problem, potential sources of resistance in corn varieties can be obtained, new techniques shared, and new technology transferred. Development of resistant varieties, the most effective and economical ...

Google previewSweeteners (1975)

Issues and Uncertainties

Aflatoxin is a compound that reacts with, for example, nucleic acid. It is a carcinogen that is immensely powerful. Nitrosamines and various other carcinogens are compounds of this sort, which are ...



Mycotoxin aflatoxin is an important dietary risk factor for the development of liver cancer. Mycotoxin aflatoxin is a common and unavoidable contaminant of food. This toxin is produced by the action of fungi during production, harvest, storage ...

Google previewEnhancing the quality of U.S. grain for international trade.

Aflatoxin is a secondary metabolize produced by the fungus, aspergillus flavus, which infects the corn during field growth. Environmental conditions that favor the production of the mold are high temperatures coupled with dry, drought type ...

Google previewTextbook of Children's Environmental Health (2013)

by Philip J. Landrigan, Ruth A. Etzel

Aflatoxin is a known human carcinogen. It can cause hepatocellular carcinoma, especially in individuals who are infected with hepatitis B. Epidemiologic studies and animal investigations of the pathophysiology of aflatoxinrelated diseases ...

Google previewTranslational Toxicology (2016)

Defining a New Therapeutic Discipline by Claude L Hughes, Michael D. Waters

Case Study 3: Aflatoxin Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring indirect acting chemical mutagen.

Google previewMalignant Liver Tumors (2011)

Current and Emerging Therapies by Pierre-Alain Clavien

Aflatoxin is a food contaminant arising from the improper storage of grains susceptible to mold formation during spoilage. For example, a traditional Chinese vegetarian diet has been associated with an increased risk of HCC. A study from ...

Google previewMaize (Zea Mays L.) Kernel Development, Suitability for Dry-grind Ethanol Production, and Susceptibility to Aflatoxin Accumulation in Relation to Late-season Water Stress (2008)

Maize Kernel Composition, Starch Digestibility, and Potential for Susceptibility to Aflatoxin Accumulation A manuscript to be submitted to Phytopathology Jason W. Haegele and Mark E. Westgate Abstract Aflatoxin is a fungal secondary ...

Google previewControl of Mycotoxins (2013)

Special Lectures Presented at the Symposium on the Control of Mycotoxins Held at Göteborg, Sweden, 21—22 August 1972 by P. Krogh

In our hands, using Wistar—Porton strain rats, it is possible to show that to the rat liver aflatoxin is the most potent carcinogen known”. It was also possible to demonstrate a dose response and a sex difference in the incidence. of tumours.

Google previewLethal Mists (2001)

An Introduction to the Natural and Military Sciences of Chemical, Biological Warfare and Terrorism by Eric R. Taylor

Aflatoxin is a toxin secreted by the ...

Google previewVegetable Oils in Food Technology (2011)

Composition, Properties and Uses by Frank Gunstone

Aflatoxin is a potentially carcinogenic compound produced by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus that can invade peanuts, corn, cottonseed, and other commodities. Control and testing programs are in place in technologically ...

Google previewThe Skeptical Environmentalist (2001)

Measuring the Real State of the World by Bjørn Lomborg

Aflatoxin is the most carcinogenic pesticide known to man. It occurs naturally in a fungus that infects, among other things, peanuts, grain and maize.1799 Pyrethrum is an insecticide which occurs naturally in the chrysanthemum family, just as ...

Google previewFoods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set (1993)

by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger

Later, it was discovered that the Brazilian peanut meal incorporated in the turkey feed contained aflatoxin, a toxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus (lavus. Similar outbreaks of the disease occurred in East Africa and India from local peanuts ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health (2003)

by Robert A. Ronzio

aflatoxin 9 processed or stored under unsanitary conditions. In terms of food for interstate commerce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration monitors environmental contaminants, toxins from microorganisms, bacterial levels, and potentially ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Health (2015)

The name 'aflatoxin' was accordingly assigned to the toxic agents. Subsequent studies on extracts of A. flavus-contaminated groundnut meal confirmed that these agents were capable of inducing acute liver disease in ducklings and liver ...

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