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[ bahy-oh-tur-bey-shuh n ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ tɜrˈbeɪ ʃən /


the alteration and disturbance of a site by living organisms; the turning and mixing of sediments by organisms, as rodents.

Nearby words

biotoxicology, biotoxin, biotransformation, biotron, biotroph, bioturbation, biotype, biovar, biovular, biowarfare, bioweapon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for bioturbation


[ bī′ō-tər-bāshən ]

The stirring or mixing of sediment or soil by organisms, especially by burrowing, boring, or ingestion.
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