minimum lethal dose


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minimum lethal dose

[′min·ə·məm ¦lēth·əl ′dōs]
(pharmacology)
The amount of an injurious agent which is the average of the smallest dose that kills and the largest dose that fails to kill.
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The levels of contamination varied but all were thousands of times lower than the minimum lethal dose.
In this assay, mice that receive an intraperitoneal injection containing a sample with more than a minimum lethal dose show symptoms of botulinum intoxication and die.
In her studies, she subjects them to all manner of poisons under a wide variety of conditions to determine, among other things, the minimum lethal dose of each toxicant.

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