A chemical compound that is not produced by living organisms; a manufactured chemical compound.
A synthetic chemical that affects living systems.
a foreign chemical that is toxic to the body and ultimately compromises our health
a totally synthetic product not naturally occurring in nature (i
Compare? A term for non-natural or man-made substances found in the environment (i.e., synthetics, plastics).
A chemical foreign to the biological system of an individual.
a chemical which is not a natural component of the organism exposed to it; a chemical or other stressor that does not occur naturally in the environment. Xenobiotics occur as a result of anthropogenic activities such as the application of pesticides and the discharge of industrial chemicals to the environment; a synthetic chemical believed to be resistant to environmental degradation. A branch of biotechnology called 'bioremediation' seeks to develop biological methods to degrade such compounds A xenoecic cichlid fish occupying the shell of a mollusk. (Photo: M.K. Oliver, Ph.D./ Cichlid fishes of lake Malawi, Africa)
A xenobiotic is a chemical which is found in an organism but which is not normally produced or expected to be present in it. It can also cover substances which are present in much higher concentrations than are usual.