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1. Philosophy An indivisible, impenetrable unit of substance viewed as the basic constituent element of physical reality in the metaphysics of Leibniz.
2. Biology A single-celled microorganism, especially a flagellate protozoan formerly classified in the taxonomic group Monadina.
mo·nad′ic (mə-năd′ĭk), mo·nad′i·cal adj.
npl -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)Also called (for senses 1, 2): monas
1. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. any fundamental singular metaphysical entity, esp if autonomous
b. (in the metaphysics of Leibnitz) a simple indestructible nonspatial element regarded as the unit of which reality consists
c. (in the pantheistic philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a fundamental metaphysical unit that is spatially extended and psychically aware
2. (Biology) a single-celled organism, esp a flagellate protozoan
3. (Chemistry) an atom, ion, or radical with a valency of one
[C17: from Late Latin monas, from Greek: unit, from monos alone]
mon•ad(ˈmɒn æd, ˈmoʊ næd)
1. a flagellated protozoan, esp. of the genus Monas.
2. an element, atom, or group having a valence of one.
3. Philos. an indivisible metaphysical entity, esp. one having an autonomous life.
4. a single unit or entity.
mo•nad•ic (məˈnæd ɪk) mo•nad′i•cal, mo•nad′al, adj.
any simple, single-cell organism. — monadic, monadical, monadal, adj.See also: Cells
Spritual individuality that is reincarnated.
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|Noun||1.||monad - (chemistry) an atom having a valence of one|
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
atom - (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
|2.||monad - a singular metaphysical entity from which material properties are said to derive|
|3.||monad - (biology) a single-celled microorganism (especially a flagellate protozoan)|