• Organism

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈɔː.ɡən.ɪ.zəm/
    • US IPA: /ˈɔɹ.ɡən.ɪ.zəm/

    Origin

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

    Full definition of organism

    Noun

    organism

    (plural organisms)
    1. (biology) A discrete and complete living thing, such as animal, plant, fungus or microorganism.
      • 2013-07-20, Welcome to the plastisphere, 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.

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