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  • n. Plural form of moneron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The lowest division of rhizopods, including those which resemble the amœbas, but are destitute of a nucleus.
  • One of the five kingdoms of living organisms in the five-kingdom classification, consisting of microscopic usually monocellular prokaryotic organisms that mostly reproduce by asexual fission, sporulation, or budding; it includes the bacteria and cyanophytes (blue-green algae), as well as certain primitive pathogenic microbes, such as the Rickettsias.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Haeckel's name of a class of protozoans of the simplest possible characters.
  • n. [lowercase] Plural of moneron.

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  • n. prokaryotic bacteria and blue-green algae and various primitive pathogens; because of lack of consensus on how to divide the organisms into phyla informal names are used for the major divisions


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  • Positing a fundamental unity between the realms of animate and inanimate matter, he attributed to certain protoplasmic compounds, be - lieved by him still to occur in nature from spontaneous chemical reactions, the formation of monera, that is, of what he considered to be theoretically the most primitive individual organisms.


  • Those remarkable beings called the monera -- especially the chromacea and bacteria -- are specimens of these simple cytodes.

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  • Oh dear, I thought I was the only person who used words like "monera" in poetry ...

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  • The biggest break in life, she explained, was between the prokaryotes (cells with nucleoids: monera, prokaryota; archaebacteria, eubacteria) and eukaryotes (cells with nuclei: protoctista, fungi, plantae, animalia).

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  • Now President George Bush arrived a short while ago at Chile's monera (ph) presidential palace, where he was greeted by Chile's leader Ricardo Largos.

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  • He {46} at once drew the origin of man also into the course of reasoning on the new theory, and sustained the theory by the discovery of the _monera_ and other low organisms of one cell, as well as by special investigations of the calcareous sponges.

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  • Nevertheless, there are monera whose structure seems to be nothing but a living clod without kernel and cover, and which in that respect represent the lowest conceivable form of organic being and life.

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  • He begins with the monera, the organisms of the lowest form, discovered by himself, which have not so much as the organic rank of a cell, but are only corpuscules of mucus, without kernel or external covering, called by him cytod, and arising from an organic carbon formation.

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  • He acknowledged no line of demarcation between the crystal and the monera -- and no chasm (of course) between man and the animals.

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  • It is interesting to note, in this connection, that while the ordinary cells of the higher animal body resemble the _monera_ in many ways, still the white corpuscles in the blood of man and the animals bear a startling resemblance to the _amoebae_ so far as regards size, general structure, and movements, and are in fact known to Science as "amoeboids."

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