Silver: biological information
Silver has no biological role.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: (no data) ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: (no data) atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with silver:
Silver is very toxic to lower organisms. The metal itself causes few problems but silver salts irritate skin and mucous membranes. Sloppy laboratory technique when using silver nitrate solutions is shown up by very dark stains on the skin. Silver salts in small amounts may cause death if ingested and may be carcinogenic in very small quantities.
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- S. Budavari (Ed.) in The Merck Index, 11th ed., Merck, USA, 1989.
- N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw in Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd edition, Butterworth, UK, 1997.