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Of, relating to, or living in flowing water.

[From Latin lōtus, past participle of lavere, to wash; see lotion.]
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(Environmental Science) ecology of, relating to, or designating natural communities living in rapidly flowing water. Compare lentic
[C20: from Latin lotus, a past participle of lavāre to wash]
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(ˈloʊ tɪk)

pertaining to or living in flowing water.
[1915–20; < Latin lōt(us), variant of lautus, past participle of lavāre to wash (compare lotion) + -ic]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lotic - of or relating to or living in actively moving water
lentic - of or relating to or living in still waters (as lakes or ponds)
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Needless to mention that lotic waters have long been the cynosure of the mankind for the role they play in sustaining civilizations and subsequently have been victimized by the latter with their refuse and wastes.
Relation ships among swimming ability, current velocity association, and morphology for freshwater lotic fishes.
[3] Gray, N.F., 1998, "Acid mine drainage composition and the implications for its impact on lotic systems," Water Resources, 32(7), pp.
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The collection effort focused on lotic habitats, but accessible lentic environments were also sampled.
He describes microbial diversity and freshwater ecosystems, including the food web in lentic and lotic systems; freshwater environments such as lakes, wetlands, streams, rivers, and estuaries and adverse and extreme environments within them; algae, including its taxonomy, molecular characterization, size, shape, surface mucilage, activities, and strategies for survival.
This word is applied to lakes because their waters are standing, or still, relative to rivers ("lotic" systems);
Alternatively, even in coastal regions with long histories of human occupation and, hence, anthropogenic disturbances, reference sites can be established using specific estuaries, watersheds, or lotic systems entering the coastal zone.
biesopoides were likely extinct before the end of the Cretaceous, and we suggest that this is due to the loss of diversified lotic habits with the eustatic rise of the Cannonball Sea, the last transgressive-regressive cycle of the Western Interior Seaway.
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