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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A block used as a building material, especially a cinder block.
  • n. A small wooden or plastic cube used as a building toy.
  • n. A basic element or part of something: Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A component that is part of a larger construction.
  • n. A block made of wood or plastic that is used as a children's toy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a block of material used in construction work
  • n. a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else


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  • Dioxin, along with pesticides, insecticides, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A, or BPA, a plastics building block used in everything from safety helmets, dental sealants, and eyeglass lenses to everyday food packaging, are what are also known as endocrine disruptors, a group of environmental contaminants that can affect our immune system and our resistance to disease in another particularly insidious way—and in particularly small doses—by disrupting our bodies’ natural hormonal signals.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic


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