eukaryote

noun
eu·kary·ote | \(ˌ)yü-ˈker-ē-ˌōt, -ət, -ˈka-rē-\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of eukaryote 

: any of a domain (Eukarya) or a higher taxonomic group (Eukaryota) above the kingdom that includes organisms composed of one or more cells containing visibly evident nuclei and organelles — compare archaea, bacterium, prokaryote

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eukaryotic \(ˌ)yü-ˌker-ē-ˈä-tik, -ˌka-rē- \ adjective

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The Earth BioGenome project will dwarf these earlier efforts by sequencing, cataloging and characterizing the genomes of all known eukaryotes, which include all living organisms other than certain microbes that lack a cell nucleus. Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "The audacious plan to catalog all life on Earth," 14 June 2018 This symbiosis spiraled upward, allowing eukaryote cells to become far bigger, far more complex, than any cell before. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 Instead of feeding on molecular debris, eukaryotes now had enough fuel to chase after bacteria and engulf them. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 This organism isn't an animal, plant or fungus but a eukaryote. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 Families are the taxonomic group above the genus level and the eukaryotes comprise roughly 9,300 of them. The Economist, "GenomicsSequencing the world," 23 Jan. 2018 Branching out The EBP’s stated goal is to sequence, within a decade, the genomes of all 1.5m known species of eukaryotes. The Economist, "GenomicsSequencing the world," 23 Jan. 2018 The microfossil of a voracious eukaryote doesn’t exactly have the distinguishing characteristics of, say, a Tyrannosaurus rex or a saber-toothed cat. Mark Strauss, National Geographic, "You May Owe Your Existence to Tiny Vampires," 9 June 2016 Grypania may have been either a bacterial colony or a eukaryote — an organism with specialized cells, enclosed in a membrane. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "2-Billion-Year-Old Fossils May Be Earliest Known Multicellular Life," 30 June 2010

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First Known Use of eukaryote

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eukaryote

New Latin Eukaryotes, proposed subdivision of protists, from eu- + kary- + -otes, plural noun suffix, from Greek -ōtos — more at -otic

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eukaryote

noun
eu·kary·ote
variants: also eucaryote \(ˈ)yü-ˈkar-ē-ˌōt, -ē-ət \

Medical Definition of eukaryote 

: any of a domain (Eukarya) or a higher taxonomic group (Eukaryota) above the kingdom that includes organisms composed of one or more cells containing visibly evident nuclei and organelles — compare prokaryote

Other Words from eukaryote

eukaryotic also eucaryotic \-ˌkar-ē-ˈät-ik \ adjective

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