Origin of nektonGerman from Classical Greek n?kton, neuter of n?ktos, swimming from n?chein, to swim: see natant
Origin of nektonGreek nēkton neuter of nēktos swimming from nēkhein to swim ; see snā- in Indo-European roots.
- (zoology) A generic term for organisms in the ocean that are capable of swimming independently of currents.
Coined in 1890 by Ernst Haeckel, from Greek Î½Î·ÎºÏ„ÏŒÎ½ (nÄ“ktÃ³n), "the swimming". (See Wikipedia.)