the tiny, aquatic plant and animal organisms that attach to objects in the bed of a body of water, as certain algae or insect larvae living on submerged plant stems and leaves
Origin of periphytonModL: see peri- and amp; -phyte
The collection of organisms, such as algae and bacteria, that live on the surface of submerged plants and other underwater objects.
Origin of periphytonNew Latin, from Greek periphuton, from neuter sing. of periphutos, planted all over, from periphuein, to grow around, cling to : peri-, peri- + phuein, to grow; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.