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an individual animal or plant.
pleuropneumonia-like o's PPLO; originally, a group of filtrable microorganisms similar to Mycoplasma mycoides, the causative agent of pleuropneumonia in cattle, which have been isolated from humans and other animals such as sheep, goats, dogs, rats, mice. They are now classified as bacteria and have been assigned to various species of the genus Mycoplasma.
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Any living individual, whether plant or animal, considered as a whole.
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1. An individual form of life, such as a bacterium, protist, fungus, plant, or animal, composed of a single cell or a complex of cells in which organelles or organs work together to carry out the various processes of life.
2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living body: the social organism.

or′gan·is′mal (-nĭz′məl), or′gan·is′mic (-mĭk) adj.
or′gan·is′mi·cal·ly adv.
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Any living individual, whether plant or animal, considered as a whole.
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Any living animal or plant.
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any living thing: animal, plant or microorganism. see CLASSIFICATION.
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An individual of some type of life form, such as a plant, an animal, or a microorganism.
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Any living individual, considered as a whole.
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The FisherJan may note that pleiotropy is not news, but the organismal biologist can respond that appeal to stabilizing selection is vacuous, and surely would not predict the phylogenetic distribution of the character, without developmental and functional information, that is, an analysis of organismal integration.
Much of our understanding of the nature of organismal diversity reflects a feeling that one can explain differences among taxa in life style by differences in the design of various functional complexes in the body.
Scientists from Canada and the US consider such aspects as important steps toward ecosystem-based fishery management, a changing perspective on zooplankton of the Gulf of Maine, anthropogenic and external influences, organismal biology in the age of ecosystem-based management, and thermal phenological factors affecting the survival of Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine.
Michael Coates, an organismal biologist and anatomist at the University of Chicago, the paper's second author, said: "There's some sort of pinch at the end of the Devonian."
Special attention is paid to showing how different approaches to automated identification can be applied to various organismal groups and in varied applied research contexts such as biodiversity studies, biostratigraphy, conservation, and agriculture.
However, that boon comes with a price, warns Peter Curtis, professor of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology.
Many of the organismal chapters are very descriptive - this seems to reflect the embryonic nature of the research on almost all canopy organisms.
The 10 invited scholarly articles introduce the molecular biology of signal transduction with bone coupling, present a systems biology overview of how bone is physiologically connected at the organismal level, and consider specialized aspects.
Recent molecular evidence indicates that primordial life may have undergone rampant horizontal gene transfer, which occurs frequently today when single-celled organisms swap genes using mechanisms other than usual organismal reproduction.
They then shift to the enzymology of biotransformation, looking at the cellular and organismal response to toxic agents; the chemical mechanisms, substrate selectivity, protein structures, and biology of genetics and regulation of the enzyme families P450 monooxygenases and glutathione transferases.

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