lowest observed adverse effect level (LOAEL)

Lowest concentration or amount of a substance, found by experiment or observation, which causes an adverse alteration of morphology, functional capacity, growth, development, or life span of a target organism distinguishable from normal (control) organisms of the same species and strain under defined conditions of exposure.
PAC, 1993, 65, 2003. 'Glossary for chemists of terms used in toxicology (IUPAC Recommendations 1993)' on page 2065 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199365092003)
PAC, 2001, 73, 993. 'Risk assessment for occupational exposure to chemicals. A review of current methodology (IUPAC Technical Report)' on page 1023 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac200173060993)
This definition supersedes an earlier definition of lowest-observed-adverse-effect-level.