Wednesday Word Day – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

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Today’s term is  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) /ˈvɒləˌtaɪl ɔːˈɡænɪk ˈkɒmpaʊndz/

  • Organic chemical compounds that evaporate at room temperature and are considered hazardous to humans. VOCs can occur naturally and be man-made. They are common ingredients in most paints and solvents as well as certain building materials. Long-term exposure to VOCs, particularly through wall paint and furniture, is linked to a host of health issues, among them respiratory troubles, increased allergies, nervous system damage and some cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.

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