Definition of eukaryote
Recent Examples of eukaryote from the Web
Grypania may have been either a bacterial colony or a eukaryote — an organism with specialized cells, enclosed in a membrane.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eukaryote'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of eukaryote
New Latin Eukaryotes, proposed subdivision of protists, from eu- + kary- + -otes, plural noun suffix, from Greek -ōtos — more at -otic
First Known Use: 1943
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
Learn More about eukaryote
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about eukaryote
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up eukaryote? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).