prokaryotic

adjective
pro·​kary·​ot·​ic | \ (ˌ)prō-ˌker-ē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce prokaryotic (audio) , -ˌka-rē-ˈä-tik \

Definition of prokaryotic

: of, relating to, or being a typically unicellular organism (as of the domains Bacteria and Archaea) lacking a distinct nucleus and membrane-bound organelles : being or characteristic of a prokaryote prokaryotic genes prokaryotic microorganisms

First Known Use of prokaryotic

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Prokaryotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prokaryotic. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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