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1The region of a prokaryotic cell where the genetic material is located. Compare nucleoid. rare.
2Prokaryote (rare). Also (in plural, in form Prokarya): a taxonomic group comprising the prokaryotes, coextensive with Prokaryota.
1950s. From pro- + -karyon. Compare prokaryotic and later prokaryote.
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