Definition of 'organism'

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The activity of this organism inside the plant cells leads to swelling and distorted growth. The Sun (2009)But they work equally well seen as exotic plants or marine organisms. Times, Sunday Times (2013)People are merely biological organisms just like any other life form. Christianity Today (2000)The final sections of the treatise concern the ways in which one organism can affect another across distance. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)It contains biological organisms which get rid of pond algae and digest the organic waste it feeds on. The Sun (2011)Because biological organisms are so complex it is important that the details of biological experiments are recorded in great detail. Times, Sunday Times (2009)One way to genetically modify a plant or animal is by using a virus to get genes from one organism to another. The Sun (2013)Growth of a social organism such as a business is as much stress and strain as growth is in a biological organism. Peter F. Drucker MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)The dogma is true for all contemporary organisms, with one or two possible exceptions. Dyson, Freeman Infinite in All Directions (1989)They're small, leathery organisms that live attached to hard surfaces. Times, Sunday Times (2009)These organisms are small and rarely noticed, much like relative nobody Preston. The Sun (2006)We are objects, beings in physical space, subject to the same causal laws as other biological organisms. Times, Sunday Times (2007) Small organisms have a much simpler structure and physiology, more vulnerable to most changes, yet more able to recover quickly. Michael Boulter EXTINCTION: Evolution and the End of Man (2002)The sand has a slight pink tone, caused by organisms in the sea, which is a marvel when seen for the first time. The Sun (2012)For, unlike biological organisms, a social organization such as a business does not have a size entirely determined by forces over which it has no control. Peter F. Drucker MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)

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Translations for 'organism'

British English: organism /ˈɔːɡəˌnɪzəm/ NOUN
An organism is a living thing.
...tiny organisms such as bacteria.
  • American English: organism
  • Arabic: كَائِنٌ حَيٌّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: organismo
  • Chinese: 生物体
  • Croatian: organizam
  • Czech: organismus
  • Danish: organism
  • Dutch: organisme
  • European Spanish: organismo
  • Finnish: organismi
  • French: organisme
  • German: Organismus
  • Greek: οργανισμός βιολογία
  • Italian: organismo
  • Japanese: 有機体
  • Korean: 유기체
  • Norwegian: organisme
  • Polish: organizm
  • European Portuguese: organismo
  • Romanian: organism
  • Russian: организм
  • Latin American Spanish: organismo
  • Swedish: organism
  • Thai: สิ่งมีชีวิตเช่นพืชและสัตว์
  • Turkish: organizma
  • Ukrainian: організм
  • Vietnamese: sinh vật


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