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LD50

Similar term(s): lethal dose 50, median lethal dose, LC50.

Definition:

The amount of a chemical that is lethal to one-half (50%) of the experimental animals exposed to it.

LD50s are usually expressed as the weight of the chemical per unit of body weight (mg/kg).

It may be fed (oral LD50), applied to the skin (dermal LD50), or administered in the form of vapors (inhalation LD50).

Source: University of Guelph  

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