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Free Radicals

"Free Radicals" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Highly reactive molecules with an unsatisfied electron valence pair. Free radicals are produced in both normal and pathological processes. They are proven or suspected agents of tissue damage in a wide variety of circumstances including radiation, damage from environment chemicals, and aging. Natural and pharmacological prevention of free radical damage is being actively investigated.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Free Radicals" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Free Radicals" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 214 publications over 30 distinct years, with a maximum of 19 publications in 1999
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