Definition of phytoplankton in English:



mass nounBiology
  • Plankton consisting of microscopic plants.

    • ‘In marine sediments marine phytoplankton (floating plants) are widely used in biostratigraphy.’
    • ‘This contrast may be due in part to differences in generation time between phytoplankton and zooplankton.’
    • ‘Virtually all life in the world's oceans is directly or indirectly dependent on one-celled plants called phytoplankton.’
    • ‘This mixing leads to better growing conditions for tiny, free-floating ocean plants called phytoplankton.’
    • ‘This in turn affects the production of microscopic plants called phytoplankton, which is the main food for the pilchard.’