The period during which a biological system, for instance a human being or animal, naturally excretes half of the absorbed quantity of a certain substance from the body or a specific organ. For adults the following biological half-lives apply:

  • Tritium (whole body): 10 days,C
  • aesium (whole body): 110 days,
  • Iodine (thyroid gland): 80 days,
  • Plutonium: 20 years (liver), 50 years (skeleton).