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An individual of microscopic unicellular algae, the shells of which comprise a sedimentary infusorial earth.
[G. diatomos, cut in two]
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Any of various microscopic one-celled or colonial heterokonts of the class Bacillariophyceae that are photosynthetic, have a silica cell wall made up of two interlocking parts, and form an important component of phytoplankton.
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diatoma member of the BACILLARIOPHYCEAE.
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