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eucaryote

[yoo-kar-ee-oht, -ee-uh t]
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noun
  1. eukaryote.
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Related formseu·car·y·ot·ic [yoo-kar-ee-ot-ik] /yuˌkær iˈɒt ɪk/, adjective

eukaryote

or eu·car·y·ote

[yoo-kar-ee-oht, -ee-uh t]
noun Biology.
  1. any organism having as its fundamental structural unit a cell type that contains specialized organelles in the cytoplasm, a membrane-bound nucleus enclosing genetic material organized into chromosomes, and an elaborate system of division by mitosis or meiosis, characteristic of all life forms except bacteria, blue-green algae, and other primitive microorganisms.
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Origin of eukaryote

< New Latin Eukaryota, earlier Eucaryotes (1925) “those having a true nucleus,” equivalent to eu- eu- + Greek káry(on) nut, kernel (see karyo-) + New Latin -ota, -otes; see -ote
Related formseu·kar·y·ot·ic [yoo-kar-ee-ot-ik] /yuˌkær iˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eucaryote

eucaryote

noun
  1. a variant spelling of eukaryote
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eukaryote

eucaryote

noun
  1. 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 animalsCompare prokaryote
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Derived Formseukaryotic or eucaryotic (ˌjuːkærɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

from eu- + karyo- + -ote as in zygote
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eucaryote in Medicine

eucaryote

(yōō-kărē-ōt, -ē-ət)
n.
  1. Variant ofeukaryote
Related formseu•car′y•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.

eukaryote

Related formseu•kar′y•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.

eucaryote in Science

eukaryote

[yōō-kărē-ōt]
Related formseukaryotic adjective
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eucaryote in Culture

eukaryote

[(yooh-kar-ee-oht)]

An organism whose cells contain a nucleus. All multicelled organisms are eukaryotes, as is one superkingdom of single-celled organisms. Eukaryotes also have organelles enclosed by membranes. (Compare prokaryote.)

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Note

Eukaryotes evolved in a process in which one early prokaryote consumed another, forming a more complex structure.

Note

The word eukaryote comes from the Greek for “true nucleus.”
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