biological gradient

biological gradient

A term of art referring to a broadly applicable posit that holds that the higher the concentration of a noxious agent (e.g., Helicobacter pylori), the more severe the resulting pathology (e.g., acute and chronic inflammation).
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We've seen plenty of studies that make a nice temporal argument that bacterial vaginosis precedes STIs and some evidence of a biological gradient.
Biological gradient between long-term arsenic exposure and carotid atherosclerosis.