Definition of Benthos

1. Noun. A region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zones.

Exact synonyms: Benthic Division, Benthonic Zone
Generic synonyms: Biogeographical Region
Derivative terms: Benthal, Benthonic



2. Noun. Organisms (plants and animals) that live at or near the bottom of a sea.
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Derivative terms: Benthonic

Definition of Benthos

1. n. The bottom of the sea, esp. of the deep oceans; hence (Bot. & Zoöl.), the fauna and flora of the sea bottom; -- opposed to plankton.

Definition of Benthos

1. Noun. The flora and fauna at the bottom of the ocean or other body of water. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Benthos

1. benthic sea life [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Benthos

1. Animals and plants living on or within the substrate of a water body (freshwater, estuarine or marine). (06 Aug 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Benthos

bentched
bentches
bentching
benthal
benthic
benthic division
benthoal
benthon
benthonic
benthonic zone
benthons
benthophyte
benthophytes
benthos (current term)
benthoses
bentier
bentiest
benting time
benting times
bentiromide
bentiromide test
bento
bento box
bentonite
bentonite flocculation test
bentonites
bentonitic
bentorite

Literary usage of Benthos

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1. Plant-geography Upon a Physiological Basis by Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper (1903)
"The benthos of Tropical Seat. Sargassum. Poverty in plants belonging to the ... The benthos of Warm Temperati Seas. Differentiation in the Hay of Naples ..."

2. A Manual of Zoology by Thomas Jeffery Parker, William Aitcheson Haswell (1905)
"... oysters, sponges, zoophytes, etc., remain permanently fixed to or creep over the surface of the bottom, and are grouped together as the benthos. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"Animals which are dependent on the bottom and are unable to free themselves from it constitute the benthos (Haeckel); animals which are not dependent on the ..."

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