prokaryote

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A diagram of a typical prokaryote cell, in this case, a bacterium
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From pro- + Ancient Greek κάρυον (káruon, nut, kernel) + -ote.

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prokaryote (plural prokaryotes)

  1. An organism whose cell (or cells) are characterized by the absence of a nucleus or any other membrane-bound organelles.
  2. In the two-empire system of biological taxonomy, an organism of the kingdom Prokaryotae (now superseded).

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