Definition of organism
1 : a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole the nation is not merely the sum of individual citizens at any given time, but it is a living organism, a mystical body … of which the individual is an ephemeral part — Joseph Rossi
2 : an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of parts or organs more or less separate in function but mutually dependent : a living being a multicellular organism
organismicallyplay \ˌȯr-gə-ˈniz-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of organism in a Sentence
A human being is a complex organism.
Recent Examples of organism from the Web
One of Germany’s states has provided a big boost for biologists who want to decipher the genomes of organisms that don’t get much attention.
Thirsty hikers may be tempted to gulp from the alpine springs, but experts say look out – the clear mountain water could be full of microscopic organisms just waiting to wreak havoc on your stomach.
The themes of compassion are expressed through a micro angle, as our organisms and bodies are symmetrical and balanced on a cellular level.
Particularly as the climate continues to change, organisms may move around the world and end up in new places all on their own, a process known as natural colonization.
This creates air spaces, allowing for aerobic activity for all those little microscopic organisms and insects that live in your pile to do the real work of composting.
That, in a sense, is the predicament that the global organism of business has found itself in.
The Extension recommends using a fast-acting aerosol insecticide containing pyrethrins if fire ants are detected among flood debris, though these insecticides can be toxic to aquatic organisms, so caution is recommended.
Among their concerns is evidence that the two chemicals persist in the environment and can be toxic to aquatic life and other organisms.
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First Known Use of organism
ORGANISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of organism for English Language Learners
: an individual living thing
: a system with many parts that depend on each other and work together
ORGANISM Defined for Kids
Definition of organism for Students
: a living thing made up of one or more cells and able to carry on the activities of life (as using energy, growing, or reproducing)
Medical Definition of organism
: an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent : a living being
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