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Meaning of ORGANISM

Pronunciation:  'orgu`nizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  2. [n]  a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body; "the social organism"

ORGANISM is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: being
 See Also: aerobe, amphidiploid, anaerobe, animal, animalcule, animalculum, animate being, animate thing, atavist, beast, body part, brute, cell, clon, clone, commensal, congenator, congener, creature, crossbreed, denizen, diploid, eucaryote, eukaryote, fauna, flora, haploid, heteroploid, host, human, hybrid, individual, katharobe, living thing, mascot, microorganism, mortal, mutant, mutation, myrmecophile, nekton, nonvascular organism, parasite, person, plankton, plant, plant life, polymorph, polyploid, procaryote, prokaryote, relative, relict, saprobe, saprophyte, saprophytic organism, sitter, somebody, someone, soul, sport, stander, system, throwback, tissue, utterer, variation, vocaliser, vocalizer, zooid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Or"gan*ism\, n. [Cf. F. organisme.]
1. Organic structure; organization. ``The advantageous
   organism of the eye.'' --Grew.

2. (Biol.) An organized being; a living body, either
   vegetable or animal, compozed of different organs or parts
   with functions which are separate, but mutually dependent,
   and essential to the life of the individual.

Note: Some of the lower forms of life are so simple in
      structure as to be without organs, but are still called
      organisms, since they have different parts analogous in
      functions to the organs of higher plants and animals.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A generic word for any living species, animal or plant.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Any living thing.
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