prokaryotic

[ proh-kar-ee-ot-ik ]
/ proʊˌkær iˈɒt ɪk /

adjective Biology.

of or relating to a prokaryote, a cellular organism that has no nuclear membrane and no organelles in the cytoplasm except ribosomes:According to one book, the key to evolution is symbiotic invasions—such as mitochondria and other organelles invading prokaryotic cells to create eukaryotic cells.

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Sometimes pro·car·y·ot·ic .
Compare eukaryotic.
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