One of the uses of MDI is as an alternative to formaldehyde in the manufacture of furniture, its main route of exposure to humans being by inhalation. There have been no previous studies on the potential prenatal toxic effects of this compound. To close this gap in information, gravid Wistar rats, Crl:(WI)BR, were exposed by whole-body inhalation to clean air (control) and to 1, 3, and 9 mg/m 3 MDI, respectively, for 6 hr per day from Days 6 to 15 post conception (p.c). Rats were killed on Day 20 p.c. and the following results were obtained: Treatment caused a dose-dependent decrease in food consumption in all substance-treated groups during exposure, returning to normal values after cessation of treatment. The lung weights in the high-dose group were significantly increased compared to the sham-treated control animals. Treatment did not influence any other maternal and/or fetal parameters investigated (maternal weight gain, number of corpora lutea, implantatio
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