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What makes a substance toxic?

I have a question that unfortunately seems very basic, but that seems to be the reason why I can't find proper information. I've tried googling "chemically poisonous" and "chemically toxic" and similar but nothing explained my question. They rather went on about the amount or dose entering a system, general toxicity and removal from the body.

My question is, how can you tell something is chemically toxic? Imagine you have a substance you've never seen before. How can you tell it's toxic without doing the obvious test (i.e. injecting it into a lab rat or something). Is there a test to tell? Anything? I know zilch about chemistry, so I don't even know where to look... Thanks a lot!
Tags: ~medicine: poisoning
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