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Dictionary of environmentally important chemicals
Ayres, D. C.
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Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.
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xi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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First published: U.K. : Blackie Academic and Professional, 1998.
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TD196.C45 A97 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book has been carefully compiled to make it as useful for researchers as it is for general readers with an interest in the environment. Anyone who comes across the names of chemicals and wants to know more about their environmental significance will find Dictionary of Environmentally Important Chemicals an invaluable source of quick reference.

600 substances are covered in alphabetically arranged entries; these include some 70 pesticides. Entries vary in detail depending on individual aspects, but in general they include: composition/structure; physical properties; sources; environmentally relevant reactions and pathways; detection; and toxic effects and regulatory limits -- many entries includes short case histories.

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One of the few dictionaries in toxicology, this compact title will be a reference asset for libraries collecting in chemistry, environmental health, and toxicology. The chemicals included are listed by at least three of five international regulatory bodies. There are entries for products discontinued in developed countries but still used in the Third World. Each alphabetical entry contains an overview (molecular formula, structure diagrams, CAS registry number); physical property, production, and distribution information; uses; toxicity including LD[5[0 values and presence in various animal species; occupational exposure limits; and suggestions for further reading. Some entries include examples of pollution incidents, risks on reaction or storage, sources of human exposure, metabolism, and evidence of carcinogenic or mutagenic activity. The dictionary proper is supplemented with a glossary of medical terms and suggested further readings. In contrast, Robert A. Lewis's Lewis' Dictionary of Toxicology (CH, Sep'98) has less chemical data and no suggested readings but defines related terms and abbreviations. Marshall Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens (3rd ed., 2v., 1991) is more comprehensive and costly but covers 1,800 chemicals rated as toxic, hazardous, or carcinogenic. Academic collections. J. S. Whelan; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences