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Descriptor in English: Metals, Heavy
Descriptor in Spanish: Metales Pesados
Descriptor in Portuguese: Metais Pesados
Descriptor in French: Métaux lourds
Entry term(s): Heavy Metals
Tree number(s): D01.268.556
D01.552.544
SP4.016.177.038.419
SP4.102.072.092.693.100.474.315
SP4.102.072.092.758
Scope note: Metals with high specific gravity, typically larger than 5. They have complex spectra, form colored salts and double salts, have a low electrode potential, are mainly amphoteric, yield weak bases and weak acids, and are oxidizing or reducing agents (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
Annotation: general; prefer specifics
Allowable Qualifiers: AD administration & dosage
AE adverse effects
AG agonists
AI antagonists & inhibitors
AN analysis
BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CH chemistry
CL classification
CS chemical synthesis
EC economics
HI history
IM immunology
IP isolation & purification
ME metabolism
PD pharmacology
PK pharmacokinetics
RE radiation effects
SD supply & distribution
ST standards
TO toxicity
TU therapeutic use
UR urine
Online Note: pre-explosion - METALS, HEAVY (PX)
History Note: 97
See also the descriptors: Industrial Effluents DeCS
Metallic Wastes DeCS
DeCS UI: 32965
Descriptor UI: D019216
Date Established: 1997/01/01
Date of Entry: 1996/06/20
Revision Date: 2017/06/20
Metals, Heavy - Preferred
Concept UI M0028622
Scope note Metals with high specific gravity, typically larger than 5. They have complex spectra, form colored salts and double salts, have a low electrode potential, are mainly amphoteric, yield weak bases and weak acids, and are oxidizing or reducing agents (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
Preferred term Metals, Heavy
Entry term(s) Heavy Metals



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