Definition of body burden in English:

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body burden


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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  • Smoking cessation may provide a means to lower the body burden of POPs.
  • The most widely used index of exposure is blood metal concentration, reflecting the body burden received in the previous 2 mo.
  • The European Union is making progress on reducing the body burden.

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