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
Every two weeks Wilma Subra meets with the group for a public toxicology class of sorts, aimed at arming the community with an education on the chemicals that are killing them.
Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, though standard toxicology tests are pending.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday, and the cause of death is pending toxicology reports, said Kevin Stevenson, Will county chief deputy coroner.
Edwards had said police would do a thorough investigation, including toxicology testing and an examination of the driver's medical history.
Toxicology findings were available on 1,330 of those cases.
The Tarrant County medical examiner has not determined her cause or manner of death and has ordered toxicology reports, which could take up to 90 days to complete, a spokesperson said.
A toxicology blood test found THC present in Lisy's system.
The agency did not immediately respond to a request for additional details about whether a full autopsy report and toxicology results were available.
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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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