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6th Grade Unit 9

Investigating Taxonomic Groups

TermDefinition
Asexual reproduction Mode of reproduction with only one parent
Autotroph Organisms, known as producers in a food chain, capable of synthesizing their own food by a process known as photosynthesis; all plants and some forms of bacteria and other organisms
Cell A basic unit of structure and function in living organisms
Cell theory States that the cell is the basic unit of life, all living organisms are composed of cells, and all cells come from pre-existing cells
Domain Broadest taxonomic classification of organisms
Eukaryotic Cell that contains an organized nucleus
Heterotrophic Organisms, known as consumers in a food chain, which cannot synthesize their own food; carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores
Kingdom Second broadest taxonomic classification of organisms
Multicellular Organism made up of more than one cell
Nucleus A structure within a cell that contains the cell’s DNA and is responsible for providing instructions to the cell, regarding growth and reproduction
Prokaryotic Cell that does not contain a nucleus
Sexual reproduction Mode of reproduction with two parents
Taxonomy The process or system of describing the ways in which organisms are grouped or classified according to similarities and differences
Unicellular Organism made up of only one cell
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