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Prokaryotic cell

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noun, plural: prokaryotic cells

(1) The cell of a prokaryote, i.e. an organism whose cell generally lacks a true nucleus.

(2) Any cell characterized by features similar to a prokaryote.


Examples of prokaryotic cells are cells of bacteria and archaea. Bacterial cells, for instance, do not possess a true nucleus such as in eukaryotic cells. They have only a nucleiod region for its chromosomal DNA.

Word origin: prokaryotic + cell.

See also: prokaryote