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 (spī′rə-lē′nə, spîr′ə-)
Any of several cyanobacteria of the genus Arthrospira (formerly Spirulina) that are grown in bulk, dried, and used as nutritional supplements for their high levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

[New Latin Spīrulīna, genus name, from Late Latin spīrula, twisted cake; see spirula.]


(ˌspɪrʊˈlaɪnə; -ˈliːnə)
(Biochemistry) any filamentous cyanobacterium of the genus Spirulina: processed as a valuable source of proteins and other nutrients
[from New Latin spirula small spiral]


(ˌspaɪ rəˈlaɪ nə)

n., pl. -nas.
any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.
[< New Latin, =spīrul(a) small coil (see spiral, -ule) + Latin -īna, feminine of -īnus -ine3; so called from their corkscrew shape]
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"Apart from soya and spirolina (a sea algae), there are no vegetarian foods that are complete proteins, and therefore a good combination of all of them need to be taken to ensure the child gets all the amino acids."
Foraminifera are including Textularia spp., Quinqueloculina spp., Elphidium spp., Nummulites sp., Triloculina trigonula, Spiroloculina spp., Pyrgo spp., Spirolina spp., Bigenerina sp., Triloculina sp., Nummulites sp.
Other microfossils of this biozone include: Foraminifera: Dendritina rangi, Triloculina trigonula, Bolivina sp., Discorbis sp., Lepidocyclina sp., Miliola sp., Pyrgo sp., Quinqueloculina sp., Spirolina sp., Textularia sp., Miliolid; Non Foraminifera: Kuphus arenarius sp., and Lithothamnium sp.