Definition of biomagnification in English:

biomagnification

Pronunciation /ˌbīōˌmaɡnəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ /ˌbaɪoʊˌmæɡnəfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

Translate biomagnification into Spanish

noun

  • The concentration of toxins in an organism as a result of its ingesting other plants or animals in which the toxins are more widely disbursed.

    ‘It was only after huge amounts had been used and birdwatchers began noticing that eagles were disappearing that biologists discovered biomagnification, the concentration of material up the food chain.’
    • ‘Another factor could be the processes of bioaccumulation and biomagnification, which result in human tissue concentrations that are higher than the concentrations in the exposure environment.’
    • ‘‘Now, the mercury in the bay traveled through the system by that process we environmentalists like to call: biomagnification,’ the teacher droned, repeating that statement for about the fortieth time.’
    • ‘Vectors for POPs are the same as for heavy metals (i.e., ocean currents, precipitation, and biomagnification through the food chain, especially the marine food chain).’
    • ‘Unfortunately, insecticides like DDT used to control the mosquitoes was found to ripple through the web of life in a process called biomagnification, and proved to be dangerous to other species, including humans.’
    • ‘Beyond its scientific meaning, biomagnification serves more broadly as a useful metaphor for southern impact in the north in the sense that many impacts felt in the north tend to be magnified and concentrated.’
    • ‘But the researchers found that BMAA accumulates and becomes more potent as it moves up the food chain - a process called biomagnification.’
    • ‘Then we go further and I see that we are acknowledging that the Arctic ecosystems and indigenous communities are particularly at risk, because of the biomagnification, and that it is a public health issue.’
    • ‘Formation of methyl-mercury in aquatic environments leads to biomagnification and neurotoxicity in consuming mammals.’