WHERE DO TOXINS COME FROM?
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Toxins or Toxics?
You will see in some of the articles we mention and some of the websites we link to, that the words "toxins" and
"toxics" are both used. We have always believed that the noun was "toxin" (e.g. "Some of the toxins are lead,
mercury and arsenic") and the adjective was "toxic" (e.g. "The toxic environment"). We are in the process of
finding an expert to clarify, but in the meantime, here are the definitions from dictionary.com
So...if you see something called a toxic (used as a noun) it isn't a grammatical error, it literally means of a
chemical nature, where a grammatically correct toxin is produced by an organism. But of course you'll see
the word toxin used for pollutants of both chemical and organism sources (even if it isn't grammatically correct).
tox·in [tok-sin] noun
any poison produced by an organism, characterized by antigenicity in certain animals and
high molecular weight, and including the bacterial toxins that are the causative agents of
tetanus, diphtheria, etc., and such plant and animal toxins as ricin and snake venom.
tox·ic [tok-sik] adjective
1. of, pertaining to, affected with, or caused by a toxin or poison: a toxic condition.
2. acting as or having the effect of a poison; poisonous: a toxic drug.
tox·ic [tok-sik] noun
3. a toxic chemical or other substance.