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English noun: organism

1. organism a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently


Broader (hypernym)animate thing, living thing

Narrower (hyponym)aerobe, amphidiploid, anaerobe, animal, animalcule, animalculum, animate being, atavist, beast, benthos, brute, carrier, clon, clone, commensal, congenator, congener, congeneric, conspecific, creature, cross, crossbreed, denizen, diploid, dwarf, eucaryote, eukaryote, fauna, flora, fungus, haploid, heteroploid, heterotroph, host, hybrid, individual, individual, katharobe, mascot, micro-organism, microorganism, mortal, mutant, mutation, myrmecophile, native, nekton, nonvascular organism, parasite, parent, person, plankton, plant, plant life, polymorph, polyploid, postdiluvian, procaryote, prokaryote, recombinant, relative, relict, saprobe, saprophyte, saprophytic organism, sitter, somebody, someone, soul, sport, stander, throwback, utterer, variation, vocaliser, vocalizer, zooid

Part holonymbody part, cell

Substance holonymtissue

Domain category membersactinal, bioluminescent, cellular, fertilized ovum, metabolic process, metabolism, morphogenesis, organic chemistry, parthenote, stratum, zygote

2. organism (group) a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body

SamplesThe social organism.

Broader (hypernym)scheme, system

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