microfauna

noun
mi·cro·fau·na | \ˌmī-krō-ˈfȯ-nə, -ˈfä-\

Definition of microfauna 

1 : minute animals especially : those invisible to the naked eye the soil microfauna

2 : a small or strictly localized fauna (as of a microenvironment)

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microfaunal \-ˈfȯ-nᵊl, -ˈfä- \ adjective

First Known Use of microfauna

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for microfauna

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microfauna

noun
mi·cro·fau·na | \ˌmī-krō-ˈfȯn-ə, -ˈfän- \

Medical Definition of microfauna 

: minute animals especially : those invisible to the naked eye the soil microfauna — compare macrofauna

Other Words from microfauna

microfaunal \-ˈfȯn-ᵊl, -ˈfän- \ adjective

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