eukaryote

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A diagram of a eukaryote cell, showing that chromosomal DNA is located in the nucleus
 
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Borrowed from French eucaryote; equivalent to eu- +‎ karyon + a suffix derived from Ancient Greek -ώτης (-ṓtēs).

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eukaryote (plural eukaryotes or eukarya)

  1. (cytology) Any of the single-celled or multicellular organisms of the taxonomic domain Eukaryota, whose cells contain at least one distinct nucleus.
    • 1962 March, Roger Stanier, “The concept of a bacterium”, in Archiv für Mikrobiologie, volume 42, number 1, page 17:
      It is now clear that among organisms there are two different organizational patterns of cells, which Chatton (1937) called, with singuar prescience, the eucaryotic and procaryotic type.

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