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The beginning of something; start; commencement
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  1. The beginning of something; start; commencement
A person, book, document, etc. that provides information
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  1. A person, book, document, etc. that provides information
  2. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information:
  3. A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained:
The source, origin, or cause of an action, quality, condition, etc.
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  1. The source, origin, or cause of an action, quality, condition, etc.
  2. (Linguistics) The element that carries the main component of meaning in a word and provides the basis from which a word is derived by adding affixes or inflectional endings or by phonetic change.
  3. A primary source; an origin; radix.
The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
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  1. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
  2. An underlying circumstance or condition:
  3. A condition for relating or proceeding:
Seeds considered as a group:
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  1. Seeds considered as a group:
  2. Seeds collectively
  3. The seed-bearing stage of a plant:
A small, rounded organic part, such as a taste bud, that resembles a plant bud.
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  1. A small, rounded organic part, such as a taste bud, that resembles a plant bud.
  2. A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three. &diamf3; Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch. &diamf3; Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds , occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem). &diamf3; Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.
  3. A small swelling or projection on a plant, from which a shoot, cluster of leaves, or flower develops
(Archaic) A young, immature person.
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  1. (Archaic) A young, immature person.
  2. A person as the offspring or scion of a family, institution, class, etc.
  3. A small shoot or twig of a plant.
A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. Not in technical use.
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  1. A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. Not in technical use.
  2. A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease.
  3. A microscopic organism; esp., any of the bacteria that cause disease; germ
In the two-empire system, a taxonomic kingdom, within domain Prokaryota: single cell organisms (the bacteria); once divided into the Archaebacteria and Eubacteria.
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  1. In the two-empire system, a taxonomic kingdom, within domain Prokaryota: single cell organisms (the bacteria); once divided into the Archaebacteria and Eubacteria.
  2. In the three-domain system, a taxonomic domain comprising the single kingdom also called Bacteria, containing about 25 phyla.
  3. Any of a division (Bacteria) of monerans, microorganisms which are typically one-celled, have no chlorophyll, multiply by simple division, and can be seen only with a microscope: they occur in three main forms, spherical (cocci), rod-shaped (bacilli), and spiral (spirilla): some bacteria cause diseases such as pneumonia and anthrax, and others are necessary for fermentation, nitrogen fixation, etc.
(Microbiology) An organism that is too small to be seen by the unaided eye, especially a single-celled organism, such as a bacterium.
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  1. (Microbiology) An organism that is too small to be seen by the unaided eye, especially a single-celled organism, such as a bacterium.
  2. An organism that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope and that typically consists of only a single cell. Microorganisms include bacteria, protozoans, and certain algae and fungi.
  3. Any microscopic or ultramicroscopic animal, plant, bacterium, virus, etc.
A harmful or destructive influence:
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  1. A harmful or destructive influence:
  2. Any of various infectious agents, usually ultramicroscopic, that consist of nucleic acid, either RNA or DNA, within a case of protein: they infect animals, plants, and bacteria and reproduce only within living cells: viruses are considered as being nonliving chemical units or sometimes as living organisms
  3. A disease caused by a virus.
Any of various prokaryotic microorganisms of the domain Bacteria that may be free-living, saprophytic, commensal, or pathogenic and that vary widely in terms of morphology, oxygen tolerance, nutritional and temperature requirements, and motility.
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  1. Any of various prokaryotic microorganisms of the domain Bacteria that may be free-living, saprophytic, commensal, or pathogenic and that vary widely in terms of morphology, oxygen tolerance, nutritional and temperature requirements, and motility.
  2. Any of a large group of one-celled organisms that lack a cell nucleus, reproduce by fission or by forming spores, and in some cases cause disease. They are the most abundant lifeforms on Earth, and are found in all living things and in all of the Earth's environments. Bacteria usually live off other organisms. Bacteria make up most of the kingdom of prokaryotes (Monera or Prokaryota), with one group (the archaea) sometimes classified as a separate kingdom.
  3. Bacteria
Any agent, esp. a microorganism, able to cause disease
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  1. Any agent, esp. a microorganism, able to cause disease
  2. An agent that causes infection or disease, especially a microorganism, such as a bacterium or protozoan, or a virus.
(Biology) An organism that lives and feeds on or in an organism of a different species and causes harm to its host.
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  1. (Biology) An organism that lives and feeds on or in an organism of a different species and causes harm to its host.
  2. (Biol.) A plant or animal that lives on or in an organism of another species from which it derives sustenance or protection without benefit to, and usually with harmful effects on, the host
  3. An organism that lives on or in a different kind of organism (the host) from which it gets some or all of its nourishment. Parasites are harmful to their hosts, although the damage they do ranges widely from minor inconvenience to debilitating or fatal disease. &diamf3; A parasite that lives or feeds on the outer surface of the host's body, such as a louse, tick, or leech, is called an ectoparasite . Ectoparasites do not usually cause disease themselves although they are frequently a vector of disease, as in the case of ticks, which can transmit the organisms that cause such diseases as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. &diamf3; A parasite that lives inside the body of its host is called an endoparasite . Endoparasites include organisms such as tapeworms, hookworms, and trypanosomes that live within the host's organs or tissues, as well as organisms such as sporozoans that invade the host's cells.
A disease-producing microorganism or agent:
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  1. A disease-producing microorganism or agent:
  2. An insect having mouthparts used for piercing and sucking, such as an aphid, a bedbug, or a stinkbug.
  3. An insect, spider, or similar organism. Not in scientific use.
An enthusiasm or obsession:
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  1. An enthusiasm or obsession:
  2. An enthusiast or devotee; a buff:
  3. A disease-producing microorganism or agent:
(Microbiology) Any microorganism, but specially said of those microorganisms which are harmful types of bacteria.
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  1. (Microbiology) Any microorganism, but specially said of those microorganisms which are harmful types of bacteria.
  2. A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease.
  3. A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. Not in technical use.
Any microscopic or ultramicroscopic animal, plant, bacterium, virus, etc.
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  1. Any microscopic or ultramicroscopic animal, plant, bacterium, virus, etc.
  2. (Microbiology) An organism that is too small to be seen by the unaided eye, especially a single-celled organism, such as a bacterium.
  3. An organism that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope and that typically consists of only a single cell. Microorganisms include bacteria, protozoans, and certain algae and fungi.
A small, rounded organic part, such as a taste bud, that resembles a plant bud.
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  1. A small, rounded organic part, such as a taste bud, that resembles a plant bud.
  2. A small swelling or projection on a plant, from which a shoot, cluster of leaves, or flower develops
  3. A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three. &diamf3; Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch. &diamf3; Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds , occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem). &diamf3; Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.
The collection of cells that has developed from the fertilized egg of a vertebrate animal, before all the major organs have developed.
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  1. The collection of cells that has developed from the fertilized egg of a vertebrate animal, before all the major organs have developed.
  2. The rudimentary plant contained in a seed, usually made up of hypocotyl, radicle, plumule, and cotyledons
  3. The sporophyte of a plant in its earliest stages of development, such as the miniature, partially developed plant contained within a seed before germination.
A grain or seed, as of corn, wheat, etc.
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  1. A grain or seed, as of corn, wheat, etc.
  2. The inner, usually edible seed of a nut or fruit stone.
  3. A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk.
(Anatomy) A group of specialized nerve cells or a localized mass of gray matter in the brain or spinal cord.
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  1. (Anatomy) A group of specialized nerve cells or a localized mass of gray matter in the brain or spinal cord.
  2. The positively charged central region of an atom, composed of one or more protons and (for all atoms except hydrogen) one or more neutrons, containing most of the mass of the atom. The strong force binds the protons and neutrons, also known as nucleons , to each other, overcoming the mutual repulsion of the positively charged protons. In nuclei with many nucleons, however, the forces of repulsion may overcome the strong force, and the nucleus breaks apart in the process of radioactive decay . The protons and neutrons are arranged in the nucleus in energy levels known as shells analogous to those of the electrons orbiting the nucleus. The number of protons in the nucleus determines the atom's atomic number and its position in the Periodic Table.
  3. (Biol.) The central, usually spherical or oval mass of protoplasm present in most plant and animal cells, containing most of the hereditary material and necessary to such functions as growth, reproduction, etc.
A mature plant ovule containing an embryo.
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  1. A mature plant ovule containing an embryo.
  2. Seeds considered as a group:
  3. The seed-bearing stage of a plant:
A glowing bit of matter, esp. one thrown off by a fire
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  1. A glowing bit of matter, esp. one thrown off by a fire
  2. (Electricity) The luminous phenomenon resulting from a disruptive discharge through an insulating material.
  3. A flash of light, especially a flash produced by electric discharge.
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