eu·kar·y·ote also eu·car·y·ote (y-kărē-ōt, -ē-ət)
Any of various single-celled or multicellular organisms of the domain Eukaryota, characterized by cells that contain a distinct membrane-bound nucleus and by the occurrence of DNA transcription inside the nucleus and protein synthesis in the cytoplasm, in contrast to prokaryotes.
[EU- + Greek karuōtos, having nuts (from karuon, nut; see kar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
eu·kar′y·otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.
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