[ 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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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Words nearby cyanobacteria
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
[ sī′ə-nō-băk-tîr′ē-ə ]
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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