- any individual animal, plant, bacterium, etc. having various parts or systems that function together as a whole to maintain life and its activities
- anything resembling a living thing in its complexity of structure or functions
These are all organisms.
- An example of an organism is a dog, person or bacteria.
- An example of an organism is one party in the political organism.
The definition of an organism is a creature such as a plant, animal or a single-celled life form, or something that has interdependent parts and that is being compared to a living creature.
- An individual form of life, such as a bacterium, protist, fungus, plant, or animal, composed of a single cell or a complex of cells in which organelles or organs work together to carry out the various processes of life.
- A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living body: the social organism.
- or′gan·is′mal or′gan·is′mic
An individual form of life that is capable of growing, metabolizing nutrients, and usually reproducing. Organisms can be unicellular or multicellular. They are scientifically divided into five different groups (called kingdoms) that include prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals, and that are further subdivided based on common ancestry and homology of anatomic and molecular structures.
From Ancient Greek á½„ÏÎ³Î±Î½Î¿Î½ (organon, “tool, instrument"), from Proto-Indo-European *werÇµ- (“work").
organism - Medical Definition
An individual form of life, such as a bacterium, protist, fungus, plant, or animal, composed of a single cell or a complex of cells in which organelles or organs work together to carry out the various processes of life.
- or′gan·is′mal (-nĭz′məl) or′gan·is′mic (-mĭk)
- The organism is made up of molecules which are analogous to them.
- Any organism may pass through a series of free-living larval stages.
- The cell-walls of plants render the entry of solid material into the organism impossible.
- Every organism takes origin from a parent organism of the same kind.
- An organism was to him something controlled by a formative organizing principle.