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What is a metabolite?

A metabolite is a compound produced by the breakdown of a chemical in the body. When scientists conduct biomonitoring studies to investigate chemicals that make their way into people, they consider metabolites to be biomarkers of exposure. This essentially means that they look for the trail of evidence left in the body by the substance under investigation.

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