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eukaryote

eukaryote


eu·kar·y·ote also eu·car·y·ote  (y-kr-t, --t)
n.
A single-celled or multicellular organism whose cells contain a distinct membrane-bound nucleus.

[eu- + Greek karutos, having nuts (from karuon, nut; see kar- in Indo-European roots).]

eu·kary·otic (-tk) adj.

eukaryote, eucaryote [juːˈkærɪɒt]
n
(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) any member of the Eukarya, a domain of organisms having cells each with a distinct nucleus within which the genetic material is contained. Eukaryotes include protoctists, fungi, plants, and animals Compare prokaryote
[from eu- + karyo- + -ote as in zygote]
eukaryotic , eucaryotic [ˌjuːkærɪˈɒtɪk] adj

eukaryote  (y-kr-t)
An organism whose cells contain a nucleus surrounded by a membrane and whose DNA is bound together by proteins (histones) into chromosomes. The cells of eukaryotes also contain an endoplasmic reticulum and numerous specialized organelles not present in prokaryotes, especially mitochondria, Golgi bodies, and lysosomes. The organelles are enclosed in a three-part membrane (called a unit membrane) consisting of a lipid layer sandwiched between two protein layers. All organisms except for bacteria and archaea are eukaryotes. Compare prokaryote.

eukaryotic adjective
eukaryote

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