long duration effect


direct or indirect effect that is not manifested immediately after sterilization or post materials investigation but only after longer duration


  • NOTE 1 Typical examples are slow cross-linking of active centres and embrittlement of materials after g-sterilization or induced corrosion followed from chemical conversion after chemical sterilization.
  • NOTE 2 The time period after which long-duration effects become observable is materials and process specific, it can be as quick as days or as slow as years.
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