Definition of bioaccumulate in English:

bioaccumulate

Syllabification: bi·o·ac·cu·mu·late
Pronunciation: /ˌbīōəˈkyo͞omyəˌlāt
 
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verb

[no object]
  • (Of a substance) become concentrated inside the bodies of living things.
    More example sentences
    • Although persistence may or may not pose a problem, if a substance also bioaccumulates then there is special reason to be concerned about possible risks.
    • Chemicals bioaccumulate as plants are consumed by animals, which are consumed by humans.
    • Some of the more potent of these chemicals also bioaccumulate up the food chain and end up in toxic amounts in marine mammals.

Derivatives

bioaccumulation

Pronunciation: /-ˌkyo͞omyəˈlāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • Use peaked in the United States in 1959 and then gradually declined as concerns were raised about bioaccumulation via the food chain and adverse impacts on fauna - notably fertility and egg shell thinning in birds.
  • However, DDT released before that time is still present in the environment and in various organisms in the process of bioaccumulation.
  • Biological processes are primarily biotransformation, biodegradation, and bioaccumulation.

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