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[bahy-oh-mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌmæg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
1970-75; bio- + magnification Unabridged
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Examples from the web for biomagnification
  • 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.
Contemporary definitions for biomagnification

the process by which the concentration of toxic substances increases in each successive link in the food chain; also called [biological magnification]

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biomagnification in Science
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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