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Chemical Effects of DU

This section addresses the absorption of uranium into the body and the chemical toxicity of uranium, which is the primary health concern related to excessive exposure to either natural or depleted uranium. Although more research has been performed on the chemical effects of exposure to natural uranium than of exposure to depleted uranium, the chemical effects of the two would be the same since both forms of uranium behave the same chemically. Uranium is a metal, and like other metals, its toxicity depends on many factors, including its electronic form, chemical form, concentration, particle sizes, how exposure occurs and how the uranium enters the body, and whether it can dissolve easily in body fluids.

Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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