NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,240 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- listen (bak-TEER-ee-uh)
- A large group of single-cell microorganisms. Some cause infections and disease in animals and humans. The singular of bacteria is bacterium.
- bacterial toxin
- listen (bak-TEER-ee-ul TOK-sin)
- A harmful substance made by bacteria that can cause illness. Bacterial toxins can also be made in the laboratory and attached to monoclonal antibodies that bind to cancer cells. These toxins may help kill cancer cells without harming normal cells.