Manganese: biological information
Manganese compounds are essential to life. They are essential for the action of some enzymes. Soil deficiencies lead to infertility in mammals and to bone malformation in growing chicks.
Levels in humans
The abundances of the elements in humans.
- Human abundance by weight: 200 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 23 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with manganese:
Manganese metal powder is a fire hazard. Unless known otherwise, all manganese compounds should be regarded as highly toxic as well as possibly carcinogenic and teratogenic.
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