: the quality or state of being toxic: such as
: the quality, state, or relative degree of being poisonous
- measuring the toxicity level of the soil
- The toxicity of some chemical agents degrades significantly over time, so it is unclear how lethal the stockpiles are.
- —David S. Cloud
- Administering a cocktail of drugs would dilute the toxicities of the different drugs and minimize the development of viral resistance to them.
- —Rudy M. Baum and Ron Dagani
: an extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful quality
- In the past few days, I've tuned in to C-SPAN to watch a number of the televised Senate debates, which illustrate all too vividly the toxicity of an uncivil tongue.
- —Connie Schultz
- In much of the ensuing commentary, court watchers worried that the justices' soaring rates of written dissents, nasty and personal attacks and scathing remarks read aloud from the bench bespeak a new toxicity in Supreme Court discourse.
- —Dahlia Lithwick