Organism definition

ôrgə-nĭzəm
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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.
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A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living body.

The social organism.

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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.
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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.
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Any individual animal, plant, bacterium, etc. having various parts or systems that function together as a whole to maintain life and its activities.
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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 example of an organism is a dog, person or bacteria.

An example of an organism is one party in the political organism.

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Anything resembling a living thing in its complexity of structure or functions.
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(by extension) Any complex thing with properties normally associated with living things.
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(biology) A discrete and complete living thing, such as animal, plant, fungus or microorganism.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
organism
Plural:
organisms

Origin of organism

  • From Ancient Greek ὄργανον (organon, “tool, instrument"), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“work").

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