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Oxidative stress: damage to biological tissues caused by superoxide and other free radicals generated as a result of intoxication, antimicrobial cellular immunity, metabolic abnormality, or "normal" aging; do not confuse with HYPOXIA or HYPEROXIA.
Oxidative stress: A disturbance in the prooxidant-antioxidant balance in favor of the former, leading to potential damage. Indicators of oxidative stress include damaged DNA bases, protein oxidation products, and lipid peroxidation products (Sies, Oxidative Stress, 1991, pxv-xvi).
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