cyanobacteria

[ sahy-uh-noh-bak-teer-ee-uh, sahy-an-oh- ]
/ ˌsaɪ ə noʊ bækˈtɪər i ə, saɪˌæn oʊ- /

plural noun, singular cy·a·no·bac·te·ri·um [sahy-uh-noh-bak-teer-ee-uhm, sahy-an-oh-]. /ˌsaɪ ə noʊ bækˈtɪər i əm, saɪˌæn oʊ-/. Biology.

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Origin of cyanobacteria

First recorded in 1975–80; cyano-1 + bacteria
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Example sentences from the Web for cyanobacteria

  • For the past decade, he has used the phototropic properties of cyanobacteria to produce images in Petri dishes.

    The Deadliest Art Ever|Jaimie Etkin|May 31, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for cyanobacteria

cyanobacteria
/ (ˌsaɪənəʊbækˈtɪərɪə) /

pl n singular -rium (-rɪəm)

a group of photosynthetic bacteria (phylum Cyanobacteria) containing a blue photosynthetic pigmentFormer name: blue-green algae
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Medical definitions for cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria
[ sī′ə-nō-băk-tîrē-ə ]

n.

A group of Procaryotae consisting of unicellular or filamentous gram-negative microorganisms that are either nonmotile or possess a gliding motility, may reproduce by binary fission, and photosynthetically produce oxygen; some species are capable of fixing nitrogen. Members of this phylum were formerly called blue-green algae.
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