prokaryote meaning

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Noun: prokaryote  prow'kareeowt
  1. A unicellular organism having cells lacking membrane-bound nuclei; bacteria are the prime example but also included are blue-green algae and actinomycetes and mycoplasma
    - procaryote

Derived forms: prokaryotes

See also: prokaryotic

Type of: being, organism

Antonym: eukaryote

Encyclopedia: Prokaryote

also pro·cary·ote n : a cellular organism (as a bacterium or a blue-green alga) that does not have a distinct nucleus —compare EUKARYOTEpro·kary·ot·ic also pro·cary·ot·ic adj


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  1. prokaryote cells evolved first and gave rise to eukaryote cells
  2. prokaryotes constitute the kingdom bacteria ( formerly the prokaryotae)
  3. analyzing the characteristics of start codon in prokaryote and yeast genomes
  4. organisms can be divided into prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the latter having a true nucleus
  5. shop assistant : mycoplasm is a kind of prokaryote living independentlywith a diameter of 100 to 200 microns

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