Definition of toxicology
: a science that deals with poisons and their effect and with the problems involved (such as clinical, industrial, or legal problems)
toxicologistplay \-jist\ noun
Recent Examples of toxicology from the Web
A toxicology report found Leiby had also been drugged.
According to the toxicology report, Markham's blood-alcohol level was about 0.12 percent at the time it was tested, over the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.
Toxicology tests can take several weeks to process.
The county has received toxicology reports on 19 of those cases, and each showed signs of synthetic opioids.
Preliminary toxicology reports from the counselors tested positive for heroin and fentanyl, according to CNN.
Toxicology reports for Spates had not been completed as of Thursday, according to Coroner Chuck Harris.
Toxicology tests have not yet come back, the coroner said.
The sobriety of the pedestrian will be determined through a toxicology report from the Placer County Coroner’s Office, the news release said.
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Did You Know?
Even though most of us are aware of toxicology primarily from crime shows on TV, toxicologists actually do most of their work in other fields. Many are employed by drug companies, others by chemical companies. Many work for the government, making sure the public is being kept safe from environmental poisons in the water, soil, and air, as well as unhealthy substances in our food and drugs. These issues often have to do with quantity; questions about how much of some substance should be considered dangerous, whether in the air or in a soft drink, may be left to toxicologists. But occasionally a toxicology task may be more exciting: for instance, discovering that what looked like an ordinary heart attack was actually brought on by a hypodermic injection of a paralyzing muscle relaxant.
First Known Use of toxicology
TOXICOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of toxicology for English Language Learners
: the study of poisonous chemicals, drugs, etc., and how a person or other living thing reacts to them
Medical Definition of toxicology
: the scientific study of the adverse effects of chemical substances on the living organism
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