Definition of body burden in English:

body burden


  • The total amount of a particular chemical present in a human's or animal's body, typically a radioactive element or other toxic substance.

    ‘even people with typical exposures to the chemicals in the survey could face health risks from their body burden’
    • ‘The toxic burden should be assessed and corrected, including lowering the body burden of organics and potentially toxic metals.’
    • ‘She has been asked if she thinks her chemical body burden caused the disease.’
    • ‘The slow component reflects the body burden in view of the known transport of cadmium via blood from the liver to the kidneys and other tissues.’
    • ‘The other interesting fact is that not all species of fish carry the same body burden of mercury.’
    • ‘Two encouraging findings in the CDC report point toward at least one solution to the toxic body burden in humans.’
    • ‘Every person ever tested has a body burden of dioxins.’
    • ‘The group wanted to measure how early the human body burden of chemicals begins to accumulate.’
    • ‘However, not all newspapers chose to emphasize chemical body burden over more compelling headlines about contaminated breastmilk.’
    • ‘Body burden is just a number, a concentration in parts per billion or micrograms per liter.’
    • ‘The most widely used index of exposure is blood metal concentration, reflecting the body burden received in the previous 2 mo.’
    • ‘Demonstration of an elevated body burden of asbestos confirms past exposure.’
    • ‘This may reflect greater exposure or retained body burden.’
    • ‘This is thought to be due to greater exposure or retained body burden, not malignant degeneration.’
    • ‘The half-life of methyl mercury in blood, which is assumed to indicate the total body burden, is usually assumed to be about 50 days.’
    • ‘Therefore, investigators should use caution when assigning a level as lifetime body burden.’
    • ‘In the absence of nephropathy, urinary cadmium levels increase proportionately to the amount of cadmium stored in the body, thereby making it an indicator of body burden.’
    • ‘Industrial exposure, food and cigarette smoking are the major sources of the body burden of cadmium.’
    • ‘Smoking increases the cadmium body burden, and perhaps cadmium is released from body pools during pregnancy.’
    • ‘The European Union is making progress on reducing the body burden.’
    • ‘Smoking cessation may provide a means to lower the body burden of POPs.’