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    #1

    breakdown?

    "...exposing human body to the toxic effects of acetaldehyde, a breakdown product of alcohol metabolism."

    Does "breakdown" here mean "harmful" or simply mean "decompose"?

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    #2

    Re: breakdown?

    It's closer to decompose- it's produced when the body processes alcohol.

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