endocrine disruptor

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endocrine disruptor

A substance which interferes with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behaviour, fertility and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism).

Examples
DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls, bisphenol A, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, phthalates.

endocrine disruptor

(dĭs-rŭp′tĕr)
A chemical that may imitate or block the function of natural hormones if it is absorbed by the body. Many pesticides and plasticizing compounds, e.g., phthalates, are thought to disrupt endocrine pathways, esp. if they are absorbed by pregnant women during embryonic and fetal development.
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Over the past 20 years, water suppliers have become increasingly interested in endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and their negative environmental and health impacts.
Analysis of endocrine disrupting compounds in food.
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The institute, which is associated with the Harvard School of Public Health, conducted tests on water supplies for 16 pharmaceuticals, six known or suspected endocrine disrupting compounds, two flame retardants, a fragrance and an insect repellent.
Based on understandings from the new field of epigenetics, endocrine disrupting compounds interact with the body's endocrine signalling systems in a way that makes not only dosage but also timing critical in determining the effects of exposure.
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