January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1561
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A definition for the term "ozone" is presented. It refers to a form of oxygen, present in the stratosphere, in which three atoms of the element combine to form the molecule O3. The depletion of the ozone in the stratosphere increases exposure to ultraviolet light which can lead to skin cancers, cataracts, and impairment of cellular immunity. Exposure to toxic levels of ozone can cause asthma, mucous membrane irritation, pulmonary hemorrhage and edema.


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