bioaccumulation

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

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Scientific definitions for bioaccumulation

bioaccumulation

[ bī′ō-ə-kyōōm′yə-lāshən ]


  1. 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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