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environmental scienc

voc. words 1-15-15

poisonous vapor or mist filled with particles from decomposed matter Miasma Theory of Disease
microorganisms that are too small to see without magnification Germ Theory of Disease
not caused by living organisms and are not contagious non-transmissible disease
caused by living organisms and are usually transmissible infectious disease
organisms that are made of many cells working together multicellular
organisms that consist of only one cell unicellular
cells without a nucleus and organelles Prokaryote
cells with both a nucleus and organelles Eukaryote
one not previously known or existed previously but has re-emerged emergent disease
the ability to survive after exposure resistance
slows down growth or destroys bacteria antibiotics
chemical that can cause temporary or permanent harm or death to a living organism toxic
chemical known to disrupt function of the brain, spinal chord, and other nerves neurotoxin
interfere with function of normal chemical messenger in the body endocrine hormone disruptors
have similar shapes to natural hormones and amplify their effects Hormone mimics
prevent natural hormones from attaching to their target organ Hormone blockers
measure of how harmful a substance is to the health of living organisms toxicity
do not degrade easily and are more likely to cause long-term effects persistence
as the substance passes up the food chain it accumulates at higher and more toxic levels bioaccumulate
percentage of the population killed by this dose is measured and graphed mortality
estimating the likeliness or severity of a specific hazard to human health risk assessment
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