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Materials less than 0.45 micrometer in length, as distinguished from suspended solids and other particulate matter, which are greater than 0.45 micrometer in length.
Adapted from: Dictionary of Earth Science, 5th ed.. 1997. Sybil Parker, ed. in chief. McGraw-Hill.