Hormesis is a controversial concept in toxicology. The proposed concept is that very tiny amounts of a toxin may potentially have beneficial biological effects, rather than deleterious effects.

In the context of radiology it refers to a proposed modification to the linear no-threshold theory to suggest that very small amounts of radiation could potentially be beneficial, rather than carcinogenic.

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rID: 32389
Section: Physics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Radiation hormesis

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