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xenobiotic Syllabification: xen·o·bi·ot·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌzenəbīˈätik/ /ˌzēnə-/

Definition of xenobiotic in English:


Relating to or denoting a substance, typically a synthetic chemical, that is foreign to the body or to an ecological system.
Example sentences
  • One of the effects of flavonoids is the ability to modulate xenobiotic metabolism.
  • One of the important functions of macrophages is to scavenge xenobiotic substances.
  • With this in mind, the inactivation of mycotoxins in the body should parallel aspects of xenobiotic detoxification.


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Substances that are foreign to the body or to an ecological system.
Example sentences
  • The upper part, in contact with the air, can be treated with xenobiotics via a donor chamber.
  • Metabolism of xenobiotics plays an important role in chemical carcinogenesis.
  • Individual variation exists in absorption, metabolism, and excretion rates of xenobiotics.

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