organism meaning

EN[ˈɔː.ɡən.ɪ.zəm] [ˈɔɹ.ɡən.ɪ.zəm]
  • In biology, an organism is any contiguous living system, such as an animal, plant or bacterium. More than 99 percent of all species, amounting to over five billion species, that ever lived on Earth are estimated to be extinct.
  • All known types of organisms are capable of some degree of response to stimuli, reproduction, growth and development and self-regulation (homeostasis). An organism consists of one or more cells.
  • An organism may be either a prokaryote or a eukaryote. Prokaryotes are represented by two separate domains, the Bacteria and Archaea.

    Definition of organism in English Dictionary

  • NounPLorganismsSUF-ism
    1. (biology) A discrete and complete living thing, such as animal, plant, fungus or microorganism.
      1. Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.
    2. (by extension) Any complex thing with properties normally associated with living things.
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • • Rose bushes can carry an organism that causes sporotrichosis, a fungal infection .
        • To date, Daphnia and fish, particularly zebrafish and fathead minnow, appear to be the most common model organisms for ecotoxicogenomics studies employing DNA microarrays.
        • Call the huge organism by a fabled name, Briareus, the Hundredhanded, with all his tenacles swimming in his own sea of Music; thus we may mythologize the Orchestra for our fancy.
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • These insect and mole-rat colonies are multi-organismic equivalents of single organisms.
        • At the contact to sediment infillings, fungi produced haustoria that penetrated and scavenged on the remains of fragmented marine organisms.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Morphemes
        • Suffixes
          • Words by suffix
            • Words suffixed with -ism
        • Nouns
          • Countable nouns
        Related Links:
        1. en organisms
        2. fr organisme
        3. en organismal
        4. fr organismes
        5. en organismic
        Source: Wiktionary

        Meaning of organism for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "organism" is a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
        Difficultness: Level 3
        Easy     ➨     Difficult
        Definiteness: Level 8
        Definite    ➨     Versatile