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procaryote

[proh-kar-ee-oht, -ee-uh t]
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noun
  1. prokaryote.
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Origin of procaryote

First recorded in 1960–65
Related formspro·car·y·ot·ic [proh-kar-ee-ot-ik] /proʊˌkær iˈɒt ɪk/, adjective

prokaryote

or pro·car·y·ote

[proh-kar-ee-oht, -ee-uh t]
noun
  1. any cellular organism that has no nuclear membrane, no organelles in the cytoplasm except ribosomes, and has its genetic material in the form of single continuous strands forming coils or loops, characteristic of all organisms in the kingdom Monera, as the bacteria and blue-green algae.
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Origin of prokaryote

taken as singular of New Latin Prokaryota, earlier Procaryotes (1925); see pro-1, eukaryote
Related formspro·kar·y·ot·ic [proh-kar-ee-ot-ik] /proʊˌkær iˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for procaryote

procaryote

noun
  1. a variant spelling of prokaryote
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prokaryote

procaryote

noun
  1. any organism having cells in each of which the genetic material is in a single DNA chain, not enclosed in a nucleus. Bacteria and archaeans are prokaryotesCompare eukaryote
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Derived Formsprokaryotic or procaryotic (prəʊˌkærɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

from pro- ² + karyo- + -ote as in zygote
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Word Origin and History for procaryote

prokaryote

n.

1963, from French procaryote (1925), from Greek pro- (see pro-) + karyon "nut, kernel" (see karyo-).

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procaryote in Medicine

procaryote

(prō-kărē-ōt′)
Related formspro′car•y•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.

prokaryote

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

procaryote in Science

prokaryote

[prō-kărē-ōt′]
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