bioaccumulation

bioaccumulation

[bahy-oh-uh-kyoo-myuh-ley-shuhn]

bioaccumulative, adjective
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bioaccumulate (ˌbaɪəʊəˈkjuːmʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
(of substances, esp toxins) to build up within the tissues of organisms
 
bioaccumu'lation
 
n

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bioaccumulation   (bī'ō-ə-kym'yə-lā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The accumulation of a substance, such as a toxic chemical, in various tissues of a living organism. Bioaccumulation takes place within an organism when the rate of intake of a substance is greater than the rate of excretion or metabolic transformation of that substance. Compare biomagnification.
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