hormesis

noun

hor·​me·​sis hȯr-ˈmē-səs How to pronounce hormesis (audio)
: a theoretical phenomenon of dose-response relationships in which something (as a heavy metal or ionizing radiation) that produces harmful biological effects at moderate to high doses may produce beneficial effects at low doses
Others argue that tiny doses of radiation are not harmful. Some scientists even claim that low doses, by stimulating DNA repair, make you healthier—an effect known as hormesis.Dennis Normile, Science
hormetic adjective

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“Hormesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/hormesis. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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