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noun, plural: cyanobacteria
Any member of the group of prokaryotes characterized by having the following general features:
According to the endosymbiont theory, the chloroplasts inside the cells of photosynthetic eukaryotes had likely evolved from their endosymbiotic relation with cyanobacteria.
Word origin: Greek (kyanós) = blue
Also called: blue-green alga or blue-green bacteria.
Related term: Cyanophyta
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