[nek-ton, -tuhn]
the aggregate of actively swimming aquatic organisms in a body of water, able to move independently of water currents.

1890–95; < German, noun use of neuter of nēktós swimming (verbid of nḗchein to swim; see nectopod)

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nekton (ˈnɛktɒn)
Compare plankton the population of free-swimming animals that inhabits the middle depths of a sea or lake
[C19: via German from Greek nēkton a swimming thing, from nēkhein to swim]

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The collection of marine and freshwater organisms that can swim freely and are generally independent of currents, ranging in size from microscopic organisms to whales. Compare benthos, plankton.

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