biomagnification

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biomagnification

[bahy-oh-mag-nuh-fi-key-shuhn]

Origin:
1970–75; bio- + magnification

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Main Entry:  biomagnification
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the process by which the concentration of toxic substances increases in each successive link in the food chain; also called [biological magnification]
Main Entry:  biomagnification
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See biological magnification
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biomagnification   (bī'ō-māg'nə-fĭ-kā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The increasing concentration of a substance, such as a toxic chemical, in the tissues of organisms at successively higher levels in a food chain. As a result of biomagnification, organisms at the top of the food chain generally suffer greater harm from a persistent toxin or pollutant than those at lower levels. Compare bioaccumulation.
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Example sentences
Biomagnification factors express the concentration of a toxin in biota as a percentage of that in their diet.
Biomagnification is the incremental increase in a contaminant's concentration at each level of the food chain.
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