(d`*tm), n. [Gr. dia`tomos cut in two. See Diatomous.] 1. (Bot.) One of the Diatomace, a family of minute unicellular Alg having a siliceous covering of great delicacy, each individual multiplying by spontaneous division. By some authors diatoms are called Bacillari, but this word is not in general use.
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2. A particle or atom endowed with the vital principle.
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The individual is nothing. He is no more than the diatom, the bit of protoplasm.
Mrs. E. Lynn Linton.
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