- a form of life composed of mutually interdependent parts that maintain various vital processes.
- a form of life considered as an entity; an animal, plant, fungus, protistan, or moneran.
- any organized body or system conceived of as analogous to a living being: the governmental organism.
- any complex thing or system having properties and functions determined not only by the properties and relations of its individual parts, but by the character of the whole that they compose and by the relations of the parts to the whole.
Origin of organism
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4. organization, network, entity, structure.
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Examples from the Web for organism
They need to become streamlined: an organism that is basically very primitive.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’
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WGA is classified as a lectin—a term for a protein produced by an organism to protect itself from predation.Wheat Threatens All Humans, New Research Shows
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And those necessary steps tend to mean that the organism behaves as a unit.
It decides to pounce on a prey, to hide in the grass, to take off and fly, so the organism does behave as a very unitary entity.
Gerwig: Sometimes we had that element of moving as one organism: the damsels.The Damsels in ‘Damsels in Distress’ Discuss the Film, Director Whit Stillman, and Women in Films
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Thus the organism modifies its surroundings, and is in turn modified by them.The Truth About Woman
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During this period the organism undergoes the most singular metamorphoses.The Sexual Question
He obeyed his instincts, permitting the will of his organism to lead him.Therese Raquin
Though they may be shorn of their glory, they retain their place in the organism of knowledge.Philebus
This is not the only way of stimulating the organism, but it seems the most powerful.The Goat-gland Transplantation
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- any living biological entity, such as an animal, plant, fungus, or bacterium
- anything resembling a living creature in structure, behaviour, etc
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Word Origin and History for organism
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- An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life.
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- An individual form of life that is capable of growing, metabolizing nutrients, and usually reproducing. Organisms can be unicellular or multicellular. They are scientifically divided into five different groups (called kingdoms) that include prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals, and that are further subdivided based on common ancestry and homology of anatomic and molecular structures.
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