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microplankton

[mahy-kroh-plangk-tuh n] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈplæŋk tən/
noun
1.
plankton visible as individual organisms only with the aid of a microscope, which excludes most animal plankton.
Compare nannoplankton.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; micro- + plankton
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  • Marine snow: microplankton habitat and source of small-scale patchiness in pelagic populations.

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