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GENERAL INFORMATION ON TOXICOLOGY

In a general sense, toxicology can be defined as “toxin science” or the “science of poisons.” The main divisions of the study of toxicology involve the sources of toxins, physical, chemical and biological properties of toxins, toxic doses, the changes that occur in living organisms and their effects, treatment of toxic diseases, isolation of toxins, analysis of toxins and regulations about toxins. Toxicology frequently deals with foreign substances that are apart from those necessary for the normal metabolism of a living organism. In recent years, these foreign substances have been termed “xenobiotics.”