- - Clostridium perfringens e. a toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens that alters membrane permeability.- Escherichia coli e. e. produced by certain strains (serotypes) of Escherichia coli, seemingly associated with a transferable plasmid.- staphylococcal e. a soluble exotoxin produced by some strains of Staphylococcus aureus, and a cause of food poisoning.
* * *en·tero·tox·in .ent-ə-rō-'täk-sən n a toxic substance that is produced by microorganisms (as some staphylococci) and causes gastrointestinal symptoms (as in some forms of food poisoning or cholera)
* * *n.a poisonous substance that has a particularly marked effect upon the gastrointestinal tract, causing vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain.
* * *en·tero·tox·in (enґtər-o-tok″sin) [entero- + toxin] a toxin specifically affecting cells of the intestinal mucosa, causing vomiting and diarrhea, e.g., those elaborated by species of Bacillus, Clostridium, Escherichia, Staphylococcus, and Vibrio. See also toxin.
Medical dictionary. 2011.