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A hepatotoxin (Gr., hepato = liver) is a toxic chemical substance that damages the liver.

It can be a side-effect of medication, or found naturally, as microcystins, or in laboratory environments.

The effects of hepatotoxins depend on the amount, point of entry and distribution speed of the [toxin], and on the health of the person.

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