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/ˈnektən/  /-tän/ Noun 1. Refers to the aggregate of actively swimming aquatic organisms in a body of water (usually oceans or lakes) able to move independently of water currents. ( 2. A generic term for organisms in the ocean that are capable of swimming independently of currents. ( 3. Free-swimming aquatic animals essentially independent of wave and current action. ( 4. The aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales. ( 5. The assemblage of pelagic animals that swim freely, independent of water motion or wind....

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