- A unicellular organism lacking a membranebound nucleus, for example, bacteria. Prokaryotes do not undergo mitosis.
Forensic science glossary. John C. Brenner . 2012.
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prokaryote — 1925, from Fr. procaryote, from Gk. pro (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + karyon вЂњnut, kernel.вЂќ … Etymology dictionary
prokaryote — [prō kar′ē ōt΄] n. [< Gr pro , before + karyōtis: see EUKARYOTE] an organism lacking a true nucleus: in some systems of biological classification, any of a superkingdom (Prokaryotae) of organisms, including the viruses and monerans: cf.… … English World dictionary
Prokaryote — The prokaryotes (pronEng|proʊˈkærioʊts; singular prokaryote IPA|/proʊˈkæriət/) are a group of organisms that lack a cell nucleus (= karyon), or any other membrane bound organelles. They differ from the eukaryotes, which have a cell nucleus. Most… … Wikipedia
prokaryote — also procaryote noun Etymology: New Latin Prokaryotes, proposed subdivision of protists, from 1pro + kary + otes, plural noun suffix, from Greek ōtos more at otic Date: 1963 any of the typically unicellular microorganisms that lack a distinct… … New Collegiate Dictionary
prokaryote — prokaryotic /proh kar ee ot ik/, adj. /proh kar ee oht , ee euht/, n. any cellular organism that has no nuclear membrane, no organelles in the cytoplasm except ribosomes, and has its genetic material in the form of single continuous strands… … Universalium
prokaryote — noun a) an organism characterized by the absence of a nuclear membrane and by DNA that is not organized into chromosomes. b) in the of biological taxonomy, an organism of the kingdom (now superseded) … Wiktionary
Prokaryote — Cell lacking a discrete nucleus and other special subcellular compartments. Bacteria and viruses are prokaryotes. Humans are not prokaryotes, but rather eukaryotes. * * * A member of the superkingdom Prokaryotae; an organismic unit consisting of… … Medical dictionary
prokaryote — n. unicellular organism that does not have a nuclear membrane or cell organelles (such as bacteria and blue green algae) … English contemporary dictionary
prokaryote — [prəʊ karɪəʊt, ɒt] (also procaryote) noun Biology a single celled organism with neither a distinct nucleus with a membrane nor other specialized structures (i.e. a bacterium or archaean). Compare with eukaryote. Derivatives prokaryotic adjective… … English new terms dictionary
prokaryote — pro·kary·ote … English syllables