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prokaryote

noun pro·kary·ote \(ˌ)prō-ˈka-rē-ˌōt\

Definition of prokaryote

  1. :  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 play \-ˌka-rē-ˈä-tik\ adjective


Variants of prokaryote

also pro·cary·ote \(ˌ)prō-ˈka-rē-ˌōt\

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


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prokaryote

noun pro·kary·ote

Medical Definition of prokaryote

  1. :  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

  2. pro·kary·ot·ic also pro·cary·ot·ic \-ˌkar-ē-ˈät-ik\play adjective



Variants of prokaryote

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

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