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Bioaccumulation: aquatic / sediment

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Low potential for bioaccumulation.

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Toxicokinetic data on vertebrates revealed a low potential for bioaccumulation. Ingested soluble silicates are excreted via urine and to a lesser extent via the faeces. Markedly increased and rapid urinary excretion of silica was observed when soluble sodium silicates were administered to rats (Benke & Osborn 1979), dogs (King et al. 1933), cats (King & McGeorge 1938) and guinea pigs (Sauer et al. 1959). The urinary silicon excretion half-life after administration of sodium silicate to rats via stomach tube was 24 h (Benke & Osborn 1979).