histotoxin

histotoxin

[-tok′sin]
Etymology: Gk, histos + toxikon, poison
any substance that is poisonous to body tissues. Histotoxins are usually generated within the body rather than being introduced externally. An example is the tissue-destroying enzymes formed by bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens.
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If injected intravenously, intramuscularly, or subcutaneously, spores can germinate and produce potent neurotoxins or histotoxins that cause illness and death (2).