ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Toxic

A substance that is harmful.

Publication Source: ISPE Baseline® Guide, Vol. 2: Oral Solid Dosage Forms (First Edition)
Publication Date: 1998

Toxic

Pertaining to a substance that is harmful. The toxicity of a substance is the potential of that substance to cause harmful effects. These effects can strike a single cell, a group of cells, an organ system, or the entire body. A toxic effect may be visible damage, or a decrease in performance or function measurable only by a test. All chemicals can cause harm, but when only a small amount can be harmful, the chemical is considered toxic. Toxic materials may be solid, liquid, gas, vapor, dust, fume, fiber, and mist.

Publication Source: ISPE Good Practice Guide: Quality Laboratory Facilities

Publication Date: 2012

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