prokaryote

noun pro·kary·ote \ (ˌ)prō-ˈker-ē-ˌōt , (ˌ)prō-ˈka-rē-ˌōt \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prokaryote

:any of the typically unicellular microorganisms that lack a distinct nucleus and membrane-bound organelles and that are classified as a kingdom (Prokaryotae synonym Monera) or into two domains (Bacteria and Archaea) — compare archaea, bacterium, eukaryote

prokaryotic

play \(ˌ)prō-ˌker-ē-ˈä-tik, -ˌka-rē-ˈä-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of prokaryote

New Latin Prokaryotes, proposed subdivision of protists, from 1pro- + kary- + -otes, plural noun suffix, from Greek -ōtos — more at -otic


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prokaryote

noun pro·kary·ote
variants: also procaryote play \(ˈ)prō-ˈkar-ē-ˌōt\

medical Definition of prokaryote

:any of the typically unicellular microorganisms that lack a distinct nucleus and membrane-bound organelles and that are classified as a kingdom (Prokaryotae synonym Monera) or into two domains (Bacteria and Archaea) — compare eukaryote

prokaryotic

also procaryotic play \-ˌkar-ē-ˈät-ik\ adjective

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