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Any of various green unicellular chiefly freshwater algae of the order Desmidiales, reproducing through conjugation and sometimes forming filaments or colonies.

[From New Latin Desmidiāceae, family name, from Desmidium, type genus, from Greek desmos, bond, from dein, to bind.]


(Plants) any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
[C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind]
desˈmidian adj


(ˈdɛz mɪd)

any green algae of the family Desmidiaceae, each alga being composed of symmetrical half-cells bridged by a nucleus and usu. living colonially in a branching mat.
[1860–65; < New Latin Desmidium a genus < Greek desm(ós) a chain]
des•mid′i•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desmid - freshwater green algaedesmid - freshwater green algae    
chlorophyte, green algae - algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water
Desmidium, genus Desmidium - a genus of protoctist
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Physical factors, particularly overflow events, broke the dominance of cyanobacterial functional groups and opened windows of opportunity for phytoflagellate, coccoid chlorophyceae, diatom, and elongated desmid biomass to increase.
Undoubtedly, some of the book's most beautiful photographs are of microscopic species, like the desmid Micrasterias (p.
ex at Selective sequestration of strontium in desmid green algae by biogenic co-precipitation with barite.
The algae, called Closterium moniliferum, are members of the desmid order, known to microbiologists for their distinctive shapes, said Minna Krejci, a materials scientist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, reports Nature.
A contribution to knowledge of the desmid flora (Desmidiaceae, Zygnemaphyceae) of Spitzbergen.
III: Desmid community composition and distribution in relation to lake type and water chemistry.
Different response mechanisms of two planktonic desmid species (Chlorophyceae) to a single saturating addition of phosphate.
Desmid assemblies along altitude gradients in Colombia.
5 Live desmid micrasterias rotata in water under darkfield illumination at 80X by M.
According to Bicudo (1988), Playfair's (1908) numbers are obviously exaggerated, but the idea of a considerable percentage of all described desmid species be nothing but morphological expressions is absolutely valid.
81% of the total phytoplankton and was also the predominant in the class Bacillariophyceae while Netrium, a desmid had the least biomass of 13x[10.