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Bioaccumulation: (bioconcentration), property of a chemical to be concentrated from the surrounding environment to living organisms. Lipid-soluble, poorly water-soluble chemicals seek any lipid-containing material especially in water environment, e.g. plankton. Bioconcentration is strictly speaking a passive partition or diffusion between the media and the organism, bioaccumulation may also encompass uptake of compounds via feeding.[1]


  1. Tuomisto, Vartiainen, Tuomisto: Dioxin synopsis. Report / National Institute for Health and Welfare, ISSN 1798-0089 ; 14/2011 [1]