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bioaccumulate

Line breaks: bio|accumu¦late

Definition of bioaccumulate in English:

verb

[no object]
(Of a substance) become concentrated inside the bodies of living things: mercury has bioaccumulated in the fish
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

1
noun
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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