micropollutant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From micro- +‎ pollutant.

Noun[edit]

micropollutant (plural micropollutants)

  1. (ecology) Any pollutant that has a toxic effect at very small concentrations.
    • 2013, Jiri Hrubec, Water Pollution: Drinking Water and Drinking Water Treatment, Springer (→ISBN), page 43:
      On the other hand, intermittent loading of an adsorbable micropollutant can result in significant short-term removal, because the accumulated biomass in the reactor can take up the micropollutant until equilibrium is reached.