eu·​kary·​ot·​ic (ˌ)yü-ˌker-ē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce eukaryotic (audio) -ˌka-rē- How to pronounce eukaryotic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being an organism (as of the domain Eukarya) composed of one or more cells containing visibly evident nuclei and organelles : being or characteristic of a eukaryote
eukaryotic cells
eukaryotic species

Examples of eukaryotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tools for the Job Here is what happens when a eukaryotic cell dooms itself to die. Quanta Magazine, 6 Mar. 2024 The search for answers about the origin of eukaryotic apoptosis seems to be drawing researchers deeper into the bacterial world. Quanta Magazine, 6 Mar. 2024 But gene regulation in complex metazoans — animals like humans, with complex eukaryotic cells — doesn’t generally seem to work this way. Philip Ball, Quanta Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 For example, eukaryotic cells attach chemical tags and proteins called histones to hide away parts of the genome. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 The researchers named the eukaryotic version of this mysterious gene Fanzor instead of TnpB. Researchers have found Fanzor genes in a variety of eukaryotic life forms. Amber Dance, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Now, researchers have traced the origin of eukaryotic steroids almost a billion years further back in time. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 9 June 2023 This unexplained 800-million-year gap in early eukaryotic history, a crucial period when the last common ancestor of all of today’s complex life first arose, has shrouded the story of early life in mystery. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 23 Oct. 2023 This essential function is conserved in all eukaryotic cells, Professor Geiger said, suggesting that the candidate proto-mitochondria also possessed genes to produce both lipids. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eukaryotic was in 1957

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“Eukaryotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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