diatom

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noun di·a·tom \ ˈdī-ə-ˌtäm \

Definition of diatom

:any of a class (Bacillariophyceae) of minute planktonic unicellular or colonial algae with silicified skeletons that form diatomaceous earth

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Origin and Etymology of diatom

ultimately from Greek diatomos cut in half, from diatemnein to cut through, from dia- + temnein to cut — more at tome


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diatom

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noun di·a·tom \ ˈdī-ə-ˌtäm \

medical Definition of diatom

:any of a class (Bacillariophyceae) of minute planktonic unicellular or colonial algae with silicified skeletons that form diatomite

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