organism

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noun or·gan·ism \ˈȯr-gə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of organism

  1. 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. 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

organismic

play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈniz-mik\ or less commonly

organismal

play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈniz-məl\ adjective

organismically

play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈniz-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of organism in a sentence

  1. A human being is a complex organism.

Circa 1774

First Known Use of organism

circa 1774


ORGANISM Defined for English Language Learners

organism

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noun or·gan·ism \ˈȯr-gə-ˌni-zəm\

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

organism

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noun or·gan·ism \ˈȯr-gə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of organism for Students

  1. :  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 Dictionary

organism

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noun or·gan·ism \ˈȯr-gə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of organism

  1. :  an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent :  a living being

organismic

\ˌȯr-gə-ˈniz-mik\play also

organismal

\-məl\play adjective

organismically

\-mi-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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