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Recovery Strategy for the Transient Killer Whale [Proposed]

Appendix B: Glossary

Bioaccumulation
The process by which (toxic) substances from prey and the environment increase in concentration over time in living organisms
Depensation
When a decline in population numbers leads to reduced survival or reduced reproduction
Endocrine disruptor
A substance that interferes with the normal processes of natural hormones in the body (which are responsible for the maintenance of reproduction, development and behaviour)
Immunotoxicity
An adverse effect on an organism’s immune system due to exposure from a chemical substance
Immunosuppression
A reduction in the activation or efficacy of the immune system
Lymphocyte
A type of white blood cell involved in immune system functioning
Putative
Commonly thought
Senescence
Aging
Sympatric
Closely related populations or ecotypes that overlap in their range but do not interbreed