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The collection of marine and freshwater organisms that can swim freely and are generally independent of currents, ranging in size from microscopic organisms to whales.
nek·ton′ic (-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
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(Zoology) the population of free-swimming animals that inhabits the middle depths of a sea or lake. Compare plankton
[C19: via German from Greek nēkton a swimming thing, from nēkhein to swim]
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nek•ton(ˈnɛk tɒn, -tən)
the aggregate of actively swimming aquatic organisms in a body of water.
[1890–95; < Greek nēktós swimming, v. adj. of nḗchein to swim]
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|Noun||1.||nekton - the aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales|
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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