[ sahy-uh-noh-bak-teer-ee-uh, sahy-an-oh- ]
/ 藢sa瑟 蓹 no蕣 b忙k藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹, sa瑟藢忙n o蕣- /
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plural noun, singular cy路a路no路bac路te路ri路um [sahy-uh-noh-bak-teer-ee-uhm, sahy-an-oh-]. /藢sa瑟 蓹 no蕣 b忙k藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹m, sa瑟藢忙n o蕣-/.
Microbiology. a widely distributed group of photosynthetic bacteria, occurring singly or in colonies in terrestrial and aquatic habitats: often mistakenly referred to as algae, especially when called by their most common misnomer,blue-green algae .
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Also called cyanophytes .

Origin of cyanobacteria

First recorded in 1975鈥80; cyano-1 + bacteria

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[ sahy-uh-noh-bak-teer-ee-uh, sahy-an-oh- ]
/ 藢sa瑟 蓹 no蕣 b忙k藞t瑟蓹r i 蓹, sa瑟藢忙n o蕣- /

noun Microbiology.
the phylum, or subkingdom, that comprises the cyanobacteria.
Also called Cyanophyta .

Origin of Cyanobacteria

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How to use cyanobacteria in a sentence

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cyanobacteria

/ (藢sa瑟蓹n蓹蕣b忙k藞t瑟蓹r瑟蓹) /

pl n singular -rium (-r瑟蓹m)
a group of photosynthetic bacteria (phylum Cyanobacteria) containing a blue photosynthetic pigmentFormer name: blue-green algae
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