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.
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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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Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) alter hormonal signaling, affect developing reproductive systems, and disrupt mammary development.
"Further, organic agriculture products are less prone to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) commonly found in industrial chemicals and agricultural pesticides.
Dr Bushra, who is in the middle of a three-year project, said she was studying and analysing how the endocrine disrupting chemicals in the Swat and Kabul rivers were interfering with the hormonal systems of fish.
"A precautionary approach would reduce the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals in personal care products and improve labeling so women can select products consistent with their values."
Some of these POPs are also endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and cause unique disease conditions that pertain to perturbations bodily hormone levels.
"In the recent years, several endocrine disrupting chemicals have been identified to affect abnormal ovarian function, miscarriages and female infertility.
Other topics include epigenetic effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, degradation and recovery in changing forest landscapes, technology for higher fuel economy, and land tenure transitions in the global south.
These Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals adversly affect the functioning of the endocrine (or harmone) system.
'Phthalates, which are added to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic flexible and soft, are endocrine disrupting chemicals linked to various health problems, including genital abnormalities in boys such as malformed penises and undescended testicles, and the early onset of puberty for girls,' the group said in a statement.
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