Caesium - 55Cs: biological information
Caesium (cesium in USA) has no biological role. However it is capable of replacing potassium in the body to some extent because of its chemical similarity. Ingestion of any caesium compounds is therefore to be avoided. Because of this similarity, the isotopes 134Cs and 137Cs (present in the biosphere in small amounts as a result of radiation leaks) are very toxic. Rats fed caesium in place of potassium in their diet die.
Levels in humans
The abundances of the elements in humans.
- Human abundance by weight: 20 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 1 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with caesium:
Caesium (cesium in USA) compounds are encountered rarely by most people. All caesium compounds should be regarded as toxic because of its chemical similarity to potassium. Because of this similarity, the isotopes 134Cs and 137Cs (present in the biosphere in small amounts as a result of radiation leaks) are very toxic. Rats fed caesium in place of potassium in their diet die. Large amounts cause hyperirritability and spasms.
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