bac·​te·​rio·​plank·​ton bak-ˌtir-ē-ō-ˈplaŋ(k)-tən How to pronounce bacterioplankton (audio)
: plankton composed of bacteria
… a 2-year study off the New Jersey coast detected seasonal patterns of bacterioplankton communities with distinct clusters of samples separated by season for each year and a distinction between summer and winter communities evident in the entire data set.Stephen J. Giovannoni and Kevin L. Vergin, Science, 10 Feb. 2012

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bacterioplankton was in 1923

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“Bacterioplankton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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