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prokaryote

noun pro·kary·ote \(ˌ)prō-ˈka-rē-ˌōt\

Definition of PROKARYOTE

:  any of the typically unicellular microorganisms that lack a distinct nucleus and membrane-bound organelles and that are classified as a kingdom (Prokaryotae syn. Monera) or into two domains (Bacteria and Archaea) — compare archaea, bacterium, eukaryote
pro·kary·ot·ic \-ˌka-rē-ˈä-tik\ adjective

Variants of PROKARYOTE

pro·kary·ote also pro·cary·ote \(ˌ)prō-ˈka-rē-ˌōt\
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Origin of PROKARYOTE

New Latin Prokaryotes, proposed subdivision of protists, from 1pro- + kary- + -otes, plural noun suffix, from Greek -ōtos — more at -otic
First Known Use: 1963
Medical Dictionary

prokaryote

noun pro·kary·ote

Medical Definition of PROKARYOTE

:  any of the typically unicellular microorganisms that lack a distinct nucleus and membrane-bound organelles and that are classified as a kingdom (Prokaryotae synonym Monera) or into two domains (Bacteria and Archaea)—compare eukaryote
pro·kary·ot·ic also pro·cary·ot·ic \-ˌkar-ē-ˈät-ik\ adjective

Variants of PROKARYOTE

pro·kary·ote also pro·cary·ote \(ˈ)prō-ˈkar-ē-ˌōt\

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