phytoplankton


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phy·to·plank·ton

 (fī′tō-plăngk′tən)
n.
Plankton that consists of minute plants and other photosynthetic organisms, including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and dinoflagellates.

phy′to·plank·ton′ic (-plăngk-tŏn′ĭk) adj.

phytoplankton

(ˌfaɪtəˈplæŋktən)
n
(Biology) the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteria. Compare zooplankton
phytoplanktonic adj

phy•to•plank•ton

(ˌfaɪ təˈplæŋk tən)

n.
the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton. Compare zooplankton.
[1895–1900]

phy·to·plank·ton

(fī′tō-plăngk′tən)
Plankton consisting of plants and plant-like organisms, such as algae. Phytoplankton are a major source of food for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.

phytoplankton

A type of plankton that consists of floating aquatic plants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phytoplankton - photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton; mainly unicellular algae
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
planktonic algae - unicellular algae
diatom - microscopic unicellular marine or freshwater colonial alga having cell walls impregnated with silica
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