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acute toxicity

Acute toxicity is the ability of a substance to cause poisonous effects resulting in severe biological harm or death soon after either a single exposure or dose or multiple exposures over a short duration.

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It is also any severe poisonous effect resulting from a single, short-term exposure to a toxic substance.

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Chronic toxicity is the capacity of a substance to cause long-term poisonous human health effects.