Bioaccumulate

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Bioaccumulation

Official WHO Definition

Other Definitions

The net accumulation of a contaminant in an organism from all sources, including air, water and food is known as bioaccumulation. Toxic chemicals such as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) tend to bioaccumulate in the fatty tissues of fish, and these toxins increase in concentration as they are passed from the prey to the predator.

Consequently if toxins capable of bioaccumulating are present in a system, the organisms at the top of the food chain are likely to suffer the most.

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WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See also

Bioaccumulate

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