Definition of toxicant in English:

toxicant

Line breaks: toxi|cant
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒksɪk(ə)nt
 
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noun

  • A toxic substance introduced into the environment, e.g. a pesticide.
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    • Human beings are exposed to a wide variety of environmental toxicants or carcinogens and there exists an inter-individual variation in sensitivity to a particular toxicant to which they are exposed.
    • They are more heavily exposed to toxicants in the environment because, pound for pound, they eat more food, drink more water, and breathe more air than adults.
    • Therefore, D. melanogaster can be a sentinel organism for long-term release of toxicants into the environment.

Origin

late 19th century: variant of intoxicant, differentiated in sense.

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