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