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1. The collection of organisms living on or in the bottom of a body of water.
2. The bottom of a body of water.


ben′thic (-thĭk), ben·thon′ic (bĕn-thŏn′ĭk) adj.
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(ˈbɛn θɪk)

also ben′thal, ben•thon•ic

(bɛnˈθɒn ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to a benthos.
2. of or pertaining to a benthon.
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Adj.1.benthic - of or relating to or happening on the bottom under a body of waterbenthic - of or relating to or happening on the bottom under a body of water
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