I. plural noun — [treated as sing.] 1. a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures supplies the nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. • thanks to its automatic recirculating system, aquaponics does not require much monitoring or measuring.
II. derivatives aquaponic adjective
– origin 1930s (in the sense ‘hydroponics’): blend of aqua- and hydroponics.