Definition of microphagous in English:


Syllabification: mi·croph·a·gous
Pronunciation: /mīˈkräfəɡəs


(Of an invertebrate) feeding on minute particles or microorganisms.
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  • Bottom or near-bottom feeding of the L klingeri animal as a scavenger or as a microphagous predator is envisaged, in a low-energy environmental setting.
  • Despite these complex results, our data show that microphagous surface deposit feeders can select for particles based on size and organic coating.
  • We have found that appendicularians, the most abundant microphagous metazoans, strongly stimulate the magnitude of experimentally induced blooms and that this effect can be scaled to any appendicularian density.



Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrəˈfājik, -ˈfajik/
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  • The role of paracrine signals such as microphagic cytokines in CL aging remains to be elucidated.
  • McCormick et al. found that macrophagic omnivore percent was more responsive to sedimentation than total or microphagic omnivores.
  • P. maraena is a microphagic omnivore, and stomachs sampled contained principally cladocerans, algae and small insects.

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