Phytoplankton definition

fītō-plăngktən
Plankton that consists of minute plants and other photosynthetic organisms, including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and dinoflagellates.
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Plankton consisting of plants and algae.
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Plankton consisting of free-floating algae, protists, and cyanobacteria. Phytoplankton form the beginning of the food chain for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.
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Plankton which obtain energy by photosynthesis.
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Origin of phytoplankton

  • From phyto- +‎ plankton. From Ancient Greek φυτόν (phuton, “plant”) + πλαγκτόν (plankton), neuter of πλαγκτός (planktos, “wandering”). However, they are no longer classified as plants, so the terminology is showing a historical meaning.

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