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A genus of colony-forming cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) (order Chroococcales), some species of which produce toxic blooms in fresh water; (also microcystis) a member of this genus.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. From scientific Latin Microcystis from micro- + ancient Greek κύστις bladder.
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