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Help please? what is the difference between toxicity and toxicology?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Words: The "toxicity" of a substance describes how it acts as a poison (mechanism, symptoms). "toxicology" is the science of poisoning but sloppy (forgivable) use allows it to be used as a synonym for "toxicity".
Dr. Raymond Singer
Specializes in Toxicology
Similar terms: Toxicology refers to the field of study as a whole. Toxicity refers to the effects of toxic substances. www.neurotox.com

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