Thread: Deutrium Oxide
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Aug24-04, 06:55 AM
P: 42
Deuterium oxide is in fact very slightly toxic due to the fact that deuterium is not completely chemically identical to normal hydrogen. It tends to form slighly stronger covalent bonds than normal hydrogen, meaning that many reactions involving deuterium will take place slower than their normal hydrogen equivalents. This can have a detrimental effect on metabolic processes. That said, you'd have to drink a lot of D2O to be in any danger.