Is arsenic a heavy metal?

Is arsenic a heavy metal?

Is arsenic a heavy metal?

Arsenic is a chemical element, and it is classified as a metalloid, which are elements that have properties that are intermediate between those of metals and nonmetals. Arsenic is a dense and brittle metal that is found in lesser amounts in the Earth's crust. Arsenic has a density of 5.72 g/cm3, which is lower than most heavy metals, and is not considered a heavy metal based on the traditional definition of heavy metal.

Arsenic is widely distributed in the environment and can be found in soil, water, and air. It is used in many industrial processes and in some types of pesticides. Inorganic forms of arsenic are more toxic than the organic forms, and they can cause a range of health problems, including skin cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer. Long-term exposure to arsenic can also cause skin changes, neurological symptoms, and developmental problems.

It is important to be aware of potential sources of arsenic exposure and to take steps to reduce or eliminate exposure. If you suspect you have been exposed to elevated levels of arsenic, it is important to seek medical attention.

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