bioaccumulation

[ bahy-oh-uh-kyoo-myuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ əˌkyu myəˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

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OTHER WORDS FROM bioaccumulation

bi·o·ac·cu·mu·la·tive, adjective
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Medical definitions for bioaccumulation

bioaccumulation
[ bī′ō-ə-kyōōm′yə-lāshən ]

n.

The increase in the concentration of a substance, especially a contaminant, in an organism or in the food chain over time.
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Scientific definitions for bioaccumulation

bioaccumulation
[ bī′ō-ə-kyōōm′yə-lāshən ]

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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