Definition of periphyton
: organisms (such as some algae) that live attached to underwater surfaces
periphyticplay \ˌper-ə-ˈfi-tik\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of periphyton
New Latin, from Greek periphytos (verbal of periphyein to grow around, from peri- + phyein to bring forth, grow) + -on (as in plankton) — more at be
First Known Use: 1931
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