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phytoplankton

[fahy-tuh-plangk-tuh n] /ˌfaɪ təˈplæŋk tən/
noun
1.
the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton.
Compare zooplankton.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; phyto- + plankton
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phytoplankton

/ˌfaɪtəˈplæŋktən/
noun
1.
the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteria Compare zooplankton
Derived Forms
phytoplanktonic (ˌfaɪtəplæŋkˈtɒnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for phytoplanktons

phytoplankton

n.

1897, from phyto- + plankton.

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phytoplankton
  (fī'tō-plāngk'tən)   
Plankton consisting of free-floating algae, protists, and cyanobacteria. Phytoplankton form the beginning of the food chain for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.
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