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Prokaryotic

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Definition

adjective

Of, or pertaining to, or characteristic of a prokaryote, which is basically an organism lacking a true nucleus.


Supplement

Organisms may be grouped in two major groups: prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Prokaryotes include the eubacteria and archaea.


Word origin: prokaryote + -ic.

Variant: prokaryotic (British).

Compare: eukaryotic

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