Medical Definition of Perfluorinated acid

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Perfluorinated acid: A type of chemical that repels water and oil and is resistant to heat and chemical stress. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and other perfluorinated acids have been used in the manufacturing process of many products, including Teflon and Gore-Tex, and are used to make polymers for aircraft and electronics. Perfluorinated acids do not degrade and are now widely distributed in food and in human blood samples.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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