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prokaryote (n.)

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

updated on December 01, 2020

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Definitions of prokaryote from WordNet

prokaryote (n.)
a unicellular organism having cells lacking membrane-bound nuclei; bacteria are the prime example but also included are blue-green algae and actinomycetes and mycoplasma;
Synonyms: procaryote
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