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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All endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have the capacity to stimulate negative effects on the endocrine systems of organisms [11].
At the same meeting, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) were approved as an "emerging policy issue" under SAICM.
In 2006--coincidentally the centenary of Carson's birth--CSIRO and Land & Water Australia released a groundbreaking report on the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in Australia's waterways.
Miles-Richardson has served as an agency expert on the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, providing technical expertise internally and representing the agency on interagency and national committees.
Although limited scientific information is available on the potential adverse human health effects, concern arises because endocrine disrupting chemicals while present in the environment at very low levels, have been shown to have adverse effects in wildlife species, as well as in laboratory animals at these low levels.
She presented preliminary findings of the ongoing study at the Forum on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.
Where you have endocrine disrupting chemicals on foods that children are eating, when their hormone systems are still developing,it is a cause for concern because we don't know what effect these pesticides have.
The Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association has released a new review to provide background information on the endocrine disrupting chemicals of most interest to the food industry.
It is too early to say endocrine disrupting chemicals are not affecting the reproductive functions of Japanese men," he said.
Much of the current interest in endocrine disrupting chemicals in wastewater was generated by a finding in the United Kingdom that fish living in water influenced by wastewater effluents showed reproductive abnormalities.
Editor Nollet and his broad team of international contributors address the most recent advances in analysis of endocrine disrupting chemicals in food.
Since 2002, intense scientific work has improved our understanding of the impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on human and wildlife health, such that in 2012, the UNEP and WHO, in collaboration with international experts, have produced an updated document on EDCs, State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - 2012 (http://www.

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