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bioaccumulation

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The accumulation of a substance, such as a toxic chemical, in various tissues of a living organism: the bioaccumulation of mercury in fish.

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  • n. The process by which substances accumulate in the tissues of living organisms; used especially of toxic substances that accumulate via a food chain

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Examples

  • Also, there is no evidence that any of the oil or dispersant components are being taken up by smaller organisms, and then built up in concentrations in larger organisms - a process called bioaccumulation, Guidry said.

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  • This compound increases in concentration as it moves up the food chain, via a process known as bioaccumulation, leaving animals at the top of the system, like polar bears, with a highly toxic meal.

    TreeHugger

  • The effect of this 'bioaccumulation' is well known, and has led to dietary fish restriction recommendations from the EPA and the, FDA.

    Lisa Conte: Advocacy for Autism Answers-- Understanding Ubiquitous Mercury

  • Scientists call this 'bioaccumulation', contaminants becoming more concentrated as they pass up the food chain.

    Home | Mail Online

  • But again it's almost impossible to enjoy anything in naïve purity, there's always the follow-up of a cheerfully told story, this time the ominous description by environmental health scientist Joy Guillemot of "bioaccumulation," or why the buildup of heavy metals and toxins is so devastating here, accumulating in the fat of resident animals and people alike (it is largely a consequence of the way the ocean currents wash and dump toxins that travel up the food chain).

    Beth Kapusta: ...somewhere just south of the 79th parallel

  • But again it's almost impossible to enjoy anything in naïve purity, there's always the follow-up of a cheerfully told story, this time the ominous description by environmental health scientist Joy Guillemot of "bioaccumulation," or why the buildup of heavy metals and toxins is so devastating here, accumulating in the fat of resident animals and people alike (it is largely a consequence of the way the ocean currents wash and dump toxins that travel up the food chain).

    Beth Kapusta: ...somewhere just south of the 79th parallel

  • The theory being that the bioaccumulation of the lead in the system of the carcasses of animals harvested with lead have an adverse effect on these birds of prey and other mammalian predators.

    Non-toxic projectiles

  • While its use is now banned in the United States, the world-wide spread and bioaccumulation is indicative of just how much human technology has changed and modified the planet.

    June « 2009 « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • PSP is a significant problem on the East and West Coast of the United Statesbecause it moves through the food chain, through bioaccumulation, to ultimately affect humans, marine mammals and birds.

    Fish poisonings and envenomations

  • Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA testified that NOAA and not the FDA is looking at bioaccumulation of dispersants.

    Georgianne Nienaber: Fishing and Breathing BP's Oil: What's "Safe?"

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