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A compound that causes malformations in a developing fetus.

Threshold Limit Value (TLV)

A recommendation by the ACGIH for the highest level of exposure to a chemical that is safe.


An agent that produces adverse effects when absorbed into the body.


A specific protein produced by certain plants, animals and microorganisms that is highly toxic to other organisms (snake venom).


Toxic Substances Control Act. It is a federal law enacted in 1976 to test industrial chemicals for toxicity to humans and the environment. TSCA is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.