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a particular kind of antibody produced in the body in response to the presence of a toxin; see also immunity. adj., adj an´titoxic.
botulism antitoxin an equine antitoxin against the toxins produced by the types A and B and/ or E strains of Clostridium botulinum; administered intravenously in the postexposure prophylaxis and treatment of botulism, other than infant botulism. Generally trivalent (ABE) antitoxin is used.
diphtheria antitoxin equine antitoxin from horses immunized against diphtheria toxin or the toxoid; administered intramuscularly or intravenously in the treatment of suspected cases of diphtheria.
equine antitoxin an antitoxin derived from the blood of healthy horses immunized against a specific bacterial toxin.
tetanus antitoxin equine antitoxin from horses that have been immunized against tetanus toxin or toxoid; used for the passive prevention and treatment of tetanus. It is rarely used, tetanus immune globulin being preferred.
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antitoxin specific for the toxin of Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
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diphtheria antitoxinA preparation of horse antibodies to diphtheria used exclusively to treat suspected cases of diphtheria in which the risk of the disease exceeds the risk of the injection. The drug is not used as a diphtheria preventive because of the severe risk of hypersensitivity. The drug is on the WHO official list.
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