dinoflagellate

noun di·no·fla·gel·late \ ˌdī-nō-ˈfla-jə-lət , -ˌlāt ; -flə-ˈje-lət \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dinoflagellate

:any of an order (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine planktonic usually solitary unicellular phytoflagellates that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide

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Origin and Etymology of dinoflagellate

ultimately from Greek dinos rotation, eddy + New Latin flagellum


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dinoflagellate

noun di·no·fla·gel·late \ ˌdī-nō-ˈflaj-ə-lət , -ˌlāt , -flə-ˈjel-ət \

medical Definition of dinoflagellate

:any of division or phylum (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine, planktonic, unicellular protists that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide

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