endocrine disruptor(redirected from Endocrine disruptor chemical)
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endocrine disruptorA 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).
DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls, bisphenol A, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, phthalates.
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.