Definitions for "Biomagnification"
The increasing concentration of a compound in the tissues of organisms as the compound passes along a food chain, resulting from the accumulation of the compound at each trophic level prior to its consumption by organisms at the next trophic level.
This term denotes the accumulation of substances in a living organism from food intake. Simple organisms such as algae can absorb minute quantities of a substance which are transferred through the food chain to higher levels such as fish and preditory birds. Biomagnification along a food chain will result in the highest concentrations of a substance being found at the top of the food chain.
The accumulation of toxic materials then passage to feeders in food chains. See Bioaccumulation.