Glossary

For those who don’t have a background in toxicology (or science in general), I’ve added this glossary with some of the terms I use that might not be familiar; I’ll expand it as time goes on. Feel free to request additions.

Biomagnifying – the tendency of some chemicals to increase in concentration in animals as you move up the food chain

Biomonitoring – measuring chemicals or their metabolites in the body – often in blood or urine

Genotoxic – has adverse effects on genetic material (DNA)

Metabolite – a chemical that is created from another chemical in an organism

Mutagenic – changes genetic material, causing an increased frequency of mutations (changes in DNA)

Pharmacokinetic – relating to the fate of a chemical in the body – how it is absorbed, moves through the body, is metabolized, and is excreted

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