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Definition of "prokaryote" []

  • An organism of the kingdom Monera (or Prokaryotae), comprising the bacteria and cyanobacteria, characterized by the absence of a distinct, membrane-bound nucleus or membrane-bound organelles, and by DNA that is not organized into chromosomes. Also called moneran. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prokaryote" in a sentence
  • "Tara Smith has a good post about this, including a persuasive argument for scouring the word "prokaryote" from your vocabulary."
  • "Prominent biologist calls 'prokaryote' outdated term. (p. 5)"
  • ""The goal of creating the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD) is to provide the scientific community with comprehensive information o­n the approximately 600 prokaryote species that are present in the human oral cavity""