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[len-tik] /ˈlɛn tɪk/
pertaining to or living in still water.
Also, lenitic.
Origin of lentic
1930-35; < Latin lent(us) slow, motionless + -ic Unabridged
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  • Most anurans breed in lentic waters, but some also use lotic waters.
  • Most inhabit streams but several species inhabit a variety of permanent or temporary lentic habitats.
  • Coordinated studies of ultraviolet radiation and amphibians in lentic wetland habitats.
  • In addition to the lotic systems, a number of lentic and aquatic cave systems are found throughout the state.
  • It lives in lentic ecosystems on oxygenated mud substrates with aquatic macrophyte growth.
  • The construction of reservoirs has resulted in a substantial increase in lentic habitat in the basin.
British Dictionary definitions for lentic


(ecology) of, relating to, or inhabiting still water: a lentic fauna Compare lotic
Word Origin
C20: from Latin lentus slow
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