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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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.
In this study endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); twelve pesticides and nine PCBs were analyzed using methodology by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with Gas Chromatography-Electron Capture Detector (GC-ECD) in 38 different species of fish, crabs, mollusks, echinoderms and shrimps from six different locations of Karachi coastline.
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.
Key words: Histopathology, Endocrine disrupting chemicals, Bisphenol-A, Catla catla.
All endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have the capacity to stimulate negative effects on the endocrine systems of organisms [11].
Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most potent endocrine disrupting chemicals and therefore is classified as environmental estrogen.
It belongs to a class of endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, which have been shown to mimic natural hormones.
The Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the European Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and the President's Cancer Panel have all warned about endocrine disruptors -- also referred to as EDCs, for endocrine disrupting chemicals.