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lethal dose

noun
1.
the amount of a drug or other agent that if administered to an animal or human will prove fatal LD See also median lethal dose (sense 1)
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lethal dose n.
Abbr. LD
The dose of a chemical or biological preparation that is likely to cause death.

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