Zirconium: biological information
Zirconium has no biological role. The tolerance of human tissues to it makes the metal suitable for some artificial joints and limbs.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: 50 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 3 atoms relative to C = 1000000
How much zirconium is in your body? Find out here.
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with zirconium:
Zirconium compounds are encountered relatively rarely by most people. There is little toxicological data but it seems most compounds are not inherently toxic. The metal dust should be treated as a major fire and explosion hazard.
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