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MonitoringNanos - Glossary


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Cluster of particles associated by weak or entangled physical bonds.


Cluster of particles strongly associated by chemical bonds (covalent bonds) or fused


Ability to inflict DNA damage, which can promote the appearance or development of cancers


Nano-omanufactured objects, their agregats and aagglomerates.

Specific surface

Surface area of ​​a particle or material relative to its volume → one of the important characteristics of nanomaterials is the magnitude of their specific surface area per unit volume.

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