Environmental toxicology refers to the study of toxins present in the environment. It is a broad field that takes into account all types of toxins, organic and inorganic, as well as their interactions with different organisms in the environment, including humans. The common name used for toxins are poisons, however toxins are not always only poisons or venom from other organism or synthetic sources, sometimes they are also chemicals that find their way into the environment from various sources – mostly anthropogenic – but it would be wrong to say that chemicals from natural sources are any less harmful or less in number.Environmental toxicology deals with the routes of entry of toxins, target organs of these toxins, impacts of these toxins on the organism as well as their storage and excretion from the body of the organism. If you wish to find a simplified flowchart of environmental toxicology and how and what it studies in relation to human body, then check out this simply and easy Human body environmental toxicology flowchart that we have made.
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Proper Definition: Environmental toxicology is the study of the deleterious impacts of versatile chemical, biological and physical toxins on living organisms. It includes the study of toxin’s routes of entry in human body, their absorption into blood and distribution to target organs, where metabolism, assimilation and tissue damage and excretion takes place. The following flowchart explains the whole process.
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