Medical Term:

Cyanobacteria

Pronunciation: sī′ă-nō-bak-tēr′ē-ă

Definition: A division of the kingdom Prokaryotae consisting of unicellular or filamentous bacteria that are either nonmotile or possess a gliding motility, reproduce by binary fission, and perform photosynthesis with the production of oxygen. These blue-green bacteria were formerly referred to as blue-green algae.

Synonym(s): Cyanophyceae

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