hormesis

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hor·me·sis

 (hôr-mē′sĭs)
n.
Favorable response to a low dose of an agent, such as alcohol, that has a detrimental effect at a higher dose.

[Greek hormēsis, eagerness, rapid motion, from hormān, to urge on; see hormone.]

hormesis

(hɔːˈmiːsɪs)
n
a beneficial effect arising from exposure to a very small amount of a toxic substance
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