What is a Toxin? - Definition & Example


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Toxins can be produced by all of the following except _____.

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1. Botulinum toxin comes from which of the following bacteria?

2. Which type of botulinum toxin is used in Botox?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A 'toxin' is a substance, usually produced by microorganisms, plants or animals, that can cause harmful effects when injected, inhaled, eaten, or absorbed through the skin. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics and applications of toxins. Some things you'll be assessed on include where toxins come from, different types of toxins, and what types of medical procedures use toxins.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What toxins can be produced by
  • What bacteria the botulinum toxin comes from
  • The toxin used in Botox
  • Conditions treated with botulinum toxin
  • What type of toxin botulinum is

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics and applications of toxins
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how toxins may be applied beneficially in medical contexts
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can interpret information on toxins in the context of biological origins and medical applications
  • Making connections - understand why certain types of toxins are used in popular medical procedures

Additional Learning

To learn more about toxins, review the accompanying lesson called What is a Toxin? - Definition & Example. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of a 'toxin'
  • Origins of toxins
  • Medical applications of toxins
  • The botulinum toxin and Botox