any of a group of microscopic, freshwater green algae having single cells composed of two identical half-cells with the nucleus located between them
Origin of desmidModern Latin desmidium, diminutive from Classical Greek desmos, a chain; akin to dein, to bind: see diadem
Any of various green unicellular chiefly freshwater algae of the order Desmidiales, reproducing through conjugation and sometimes forming filaments or colonies.
Origin of desmidFrom New Latin Desmidiāceae family name from Desmidium type genus from Greek desmos bond from dein to bind
From Ancient Greek δεσμός (desmos, “ligature, ligament, bond”).