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Plankton that consists of minute plants and other photosynthetic organisms, including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and dinoflagellates.
phy′to·plank·ton′ic (-plăngk-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
(Biology) the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteria. Compare zooplankton
phy•to•plank•ton(ˌfaɪ təˈplæŋk tən)
the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton. Compare zooplankton.
Plankton consisting of plants and plant-like organisms, such as algae. Phytoplankton are a major source of food for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.
A type of plankton that consists of floating aquatic plants.
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|Noun||1.||phytoplankton - photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton; mainly unicellular algae|
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
planktonic algae - unicellular algae
diatom - microscopic unicellular marine or freshwater colonial alga having cell walls impregnated with silica