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deleterious - adjective

Harmful or injurious, morally or physically.
I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.

—Hippocrates The Oath and Law of Hippocrates
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