holoplankton

[ hol-uh-plangk-tuhn, hoh-luh- ]
/ ˌhɒl əˈplæŋk tən, ˌhoʊ lə- /

noun

plankton that spend their entire life cycle as free-swimming organisms (opposed to hemiplankton).

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OTHER WORDS FROM holoplankton

hol·o·plank·ton·ic [hol-oh-plangk-ton-ik, hoh-loh-], /ˌhɒl oʊ plæŋkˈtɒn ɪk, ˌhoʊ loʊ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for holoplankton

holoplankton
/ (ˌhɒləˈplæŋktən) /

noun

organisms, such as diatoms and algae, that spend all stages of their life cycle as planktonCompare meroplankton
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for holoplankton

holoplankton
[ hŏl′ə-plăngktən, hō′lə- ]

Plankton that remains free-swimming through all stages of its life cycle.
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