A xenobiotic (Greek, xenos 'foreign
'; bios 'life
') is a compound that is
foreign to a living organism. Principal xenobiotics include: drugs;
carcinogens; and various compounds that have been introduced into the
environment by artificial means.
PAC, 1997, 69, 1251
(Glossary of terms used in bioinorganic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1997))
on page 1303
This definition supersedes an earlier definition of xenobiotics
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