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An '''antitoxin''' is an [[antibody]] with the ability to neutralize a specific [[toxin]]. Antitoxins are produced by certain [[animal]]s, [[plants]], and [[bacterium|bacteria]]. Although they are most effective in neutralizing toxins, they can kill bacteria and other microorganisms. Antitoxins are made within organisms, but can be injected into other organisms, including humans. This procedure involves injecting an animal with a safe amount of a particular toxin. Then, the animal’s body makes the antitoxin needed to neutralize the toxin. Later, the [[blood]] is withdrawn from the animal. When the antitoxin is obtained from the blood, it is purified and injected into a human or other animal, inducing [[passive immunity]]. To prevent [[serum sickness]], it is often best to use antitoxin generated from the same species (e.g. use human antitoxin to treat humans).
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An '''antitoxin''' is an [[antibody]] with the ability to neutralize a specific [[toxin]]. Antitoxins are produced by certain [[animal]]s, and [[bacterium|bacteria]]. Although they are most effective in neutralizing toxins, they can kill bacteria and other microorganisms. Antitoxins are made within organisms, but can be injected into other organisms, including humans. This procedure involves injecting an animal with a safe amount of a particular toxin. Then, the animal’s body makes the antitoxin needed to neutralize the toxin. Later, the [[blood]] is withdrawn from the animal. When the antitoxin is obtained from the blood, it is purified and injected into a human or other animal, inducing [[passive immunity]]. To prevent serum sickness, it is often best to use antitoxin generated from the same species (e.g. use human antitoxin to treat humans).
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
*[[Toxin-antitoxin system]]
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*[[Neurotoxins]]
 
*[[Vaccination]]
 
*[[Vaccination]]
*[[Antiserum]]
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==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Immune system]]
 
[[Category:Immune system]]
 
[[Category:Immunology]]
 
[[Category:Immunology]]

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An antitoxin is an antibody with the ability to neutralize a specific toxin. Antitoxins are produced by certain animals, and bacteria. Although they are most effective in neutralizing toxins, they can kill bacteria and other microorganisms. Antitoxins are made within organisms, but can be injected into other organisms, including humans. This procedure involves injecting an animal with a safe amount of a particular toxin. Then, the animal’s body makes the antitoxin needed to neutralize the toxin. Later, the blood is withdrawn from the animal. When the antitoxin is obtained from the blood, it is purified and injected into a human or other animal, inducing passive immunity. To prevent serum sickness, it is often best to use antitoxin generated from the same species (e.g. use human antitoxin to treat humans).

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