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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.
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(Biology) the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteria. Compare zooplankton
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phy•to•plank•ton(ˌfaɪ təˈplæŋk tən)
the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton. Compare zooplankton.
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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.
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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
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