endosymbiotic theory

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endosymbiotic theory

n.
A theory stating that the eukaryotes evolved through a process whereby different types of free-living prokaryotes became incorporated inside larger prokaryotic cells and eventually developed into mitochondria, chloroplasts, and possibly other organelles.

endosymbiotic theory

the proposition that symbiosis between different prokaryotes gave rise to eukaryotic cells.
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