Bromine: biological information
Bromine may be an essential trace element for red algae and possibly mammals. It is found in the mollusc pigment "royal purple", although its role is not understood. Excessive bromide intake leads to depression and of weight loss.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: 2900 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 230 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with bromine:
Bromine is a very corrosive oxidising liquid whose vapour attacks the eyes and lungs with painful effects. Bromides salts should be treated as toxic. Excessive bromide intake leads to depression and of weight loss.
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