prokaryote

noun
pro·kary·ote | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈker-ē-ˌōt , (ˌ)prō-ˈka-rē-ˌōt \
variants: or less commonly

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

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

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But anaerobic prokaryotes (archea and bacteria), such as those living between your teeth and some of those living in your guts, would conquer the whole planet very rapidly. OregonLive.com, "The sun explodes, Donald Trump implodes, your Viagra goes awry: Google captures our fears," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of prokaryote

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prokaryote

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

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prokaryote

noun
pro·kary·ote
variants: also procaryote \(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

Other words from prokaryote

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

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