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biomagnification

[bahy-oh-mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌmæg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; bio- + magnification
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noun

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

See biological magnification

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biomagnification
  (bī'ō-māg'nə-fĭ-kā'shən)   
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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