monad

noun
mo·​nad | \ ˈmō-ˌnad How to pronounce monad (audio) \

Definition of monad

1a : unit, one
c : an elementary individual substance which reflects the order of the world and from which material properties are derived
2 : a flagellated protozoan (as of the genus Monas)

Other Words from monad

monadic \ mō-​ˈna-​dik How to pronounce monad (audio) , mə-​ \ adjective
monadism \ ˈmō-​ˌna-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce monad (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of monad

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for monad

Late Latin monad-, monas, from Greek, from monos

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“Monad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monad. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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monad

noun
mo·​nad | \ ˈmō-ˌnad How to pronounce monad (audio) \

Medical Definition of monad

1 : a flagellated protozoan (as of the genus Monas)
2 : a monovalent element or radical
3 : any of the four chromatids that make up a tetrad in meiosis

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