Indoor air pollution
Lebowitz, Michael D. Respiratory Sciences Center, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Last reviewed:May 2018
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Volatile and airborne chemical and biological contaminants in the indoor environment. Most pollution comes from human sources, although natural sources do exist, including plants, animals, and other living organisms and bodies of water that release various chemical aerosols (see illustration). Contamination can occur from infiltration of atmospheric pollutants generated outdoors, and thus the indoor environment is affected by meteorological conditions. See also: Air pollution
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