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eu·kar·y·otealso eu·car·y·ote (yo͞o-kăr′ē-ōt, -ē-ət)
Any of various single-celled or multicellular organisms of the domain Eukaryota, characterized by cells that contain a distinct membrane-bound nucleus and by the occurrence of DNA transcription inside the nucleus and protein synthesis in the cytoplasm, in contrast to prokaryotes.
eu·kar′y·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
(Biology) 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 animals. Compare prokaryote
[from eu- + karyo- + -ote as in zygote]
eukaryotic, eucaryotic adj
or eu•car•y•ote(yuˈkær iˌoʊt, -i ət)
any organism with a fundamental cell type containing a distinct membrane-bound nucleus.Compare prokaryote.
[< New Latin Eukaryota, earlier Eucaryotes (1925) “those having a true nucleus” =eu- eu- + Greek káry(on) nut, kernel (see karyo-) + New Latin -ota, -otes; see -ote]
eu•kar`y•ot′ic (-ˈɒt ɪk) adj.
An organism whose cells contain a nucleus surrounded by a membrane. All organisms except for bacteria, cyanobacteria, and the bacteria-like organisms known as archaea are eukaryotes. Compare prokaryote.
An organism whose cells have a nucleus and membrane-bound organelles.
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|Noun||1.||eukaryote - an organism with cells characteristic of all life forms except primitive microorganisms such as bacteria; i.e. an organism with `good' or membrane-bound nuclei in its cells|
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently