organism


or·gan·ism

noun \ˈr-gə-ˌni-zəm\

: an individual living thing

: a system with many parts that depend on each other and work together

Full Definition of ORGANISM

1
:  a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole
2
:  an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent :  a living being
or·gan·is·mic \ˌr-gə-ˈniz-mik\ also or·gan·is·mal \-məl\ adjective
or·gan·is·mi·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ORGANISM

  1. A human being is a complex organism.

First Known Use of ORGANISM

circa 1774

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

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or·gan·ism

noun \ˈr-gə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORGANISM

: an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent : a living being
or·gan·is·mic \ˌr-gə-ˈniz-mik\ also or·gan·is·mal \-məl\ adjective
or·gan·is·mi·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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