Definition of body burden in English:

body burden

Syllabification: bod·y bur·den

noun

The total amount of a particular chemical present in a human’s or animal’s body, typically a radioactive element or other toxic substance: even people with typical exposures to the chemicals in the survey could face health risks from their body burden
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  • The slow component reflects the body burden in view of the known transport of cadmium via blood from the liver to the kidneys and other tissues.
  • Smoking increases the cadmium body burden, and perhaps cadmium is released from body pools during pregnancy.
  • The half-life of methyl mercury in blood, which is assumed to indicate the total body burden, is usually assumed to be about 50 days.

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