Toxin Bacterial

∞ generated and posted on 2016.03.18 ∞

Poisonous materials intentionally or inadvertently released into the extracellular environment.

That is, the extracellular environment of the releasing bacteria where these toxins can then impact the functioning of other organisms. In particular these are exotoxins (which generally are intentionally released) and endotoxins (which are not intentionally released). The presence of toxins in the blood is described as a toxemia.

Toxin release can either be association with infections or instead can be release such as into foods which then are ingested, in either case resulting in intoxications such as food poisoning.