holoplankton

[hol-uh-plangk-tuh n, hoh-luh-]

noun

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

Origin of holoplankton

Related formshol·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 holoplanktonic

holoplankton

noun

organisms, such as diatoms and algae, that spend all stages of their life cycle as planktonCompare meroplankton
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holoplanktonic in Science

holoplankton

[hŏl′ə-plăngktən, hō′lə-]

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