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|Noun||1.||animate thing - a living (or once living) entity |
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
life - living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life"
biont - a discrete unit of living matter
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
viability - (of living things) capable of normal growth and development