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Ch. 3- Cells and Life Processes

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element
A pure substance that cannot be broken down into other substances by chemical or physical means
atom
The basic particle from which all elements are made; the smallest particle of an element that has the properties of that element
compound
A substance made of two or more elements chemically combined in a specific ratio, or proportion
molecule
A neutral group of two or more atoms held together by covalent bonds
DNA
Deoxyribonucleic acid; the genetic material that carries information about an organism and is passed from parent to offspring
cell
The basic unit of structure and function in living things
unicellular
Made of a single cell
multicellular
Consisting of many cells
tissue
A group of similar cells that perform a specific function organ-A body structure that is composed of different kinds of tissues that work together
organ system
A group of organs that work together, performing major functions
microscope
An instrument that makes small objects look larger
cell theory
A widely accepted explanation of the relationship between cells and living things
homeostasis
The condition in which an organism's internal environment is kept stable in spite of changes in the external environment
cellular respiration
The process in which oxygen and glucose undergo a complex series of chemical reactions inside cells, releasing energy
photosynthesis
The process by which plants and other autotrophs capture and use light energy to make food from carbon dioxide and water
cell membrane
A thin, flexible barrier that surrounds a cell controls which substances pass into and out of a cell
diffusion
The process by which molecules move from an area of lower concentration
cell division
A process in which one cell splits into two new cells that are genetically identical to the original cell
cell wall
A rigid supporting layer that surrounds the cells of plants and some other organisms
nucleus
In cells, a large oval organelle that contains the cell's genetic material in the form of DNA and controls many of the cell's activities
organelle
A tiny cell structure that carries out a specific function within the cell
ribosome
A small grain-shaped organelle in the cytoplasm of a cell that produces proteins
cytoplasm
The thick fluid region of a cell located inside the cell membrane or between the cell membrane and nucleus
mitochondria
Rod-shaped organelles that convert energy in food molecules to energy the cell can use to carry out its functions
endoplasmic reticulum
An organelle that forms a maze of passageways in which proteins and other material are carried from one part of the cell to another
Golgi apparatus
An organelle in a cell that receives proteins and other newly formed materials from the endoplasmic reticulum, packages them, and distributes them to other parts of the cell
vacuole
A sac-like organelle that stores water, food and other materials
chloroplast
An organelle in the cells of plants and some other organisms that captures energy from sunlight and changes it to an energy form that cells can use in making food
lysosome
A cell organelle which contains chemicals that break down large food particles into smaller ones and that can be used by the rest of the cell
cell cycle
The series of events in which a cell grows, prepares for division, and divides to form two daughter cells
replication
An attempt to repeat a scientist's experiment by a different scientist or group of scientists
chromosome
A threadlike structure within a cell's nucleus that contains DNA that is passed from one generation to the next
mitosis
The second stage of the cell cycle during which the cell's nucleus divides into two new nuclei and one set of DNA is distributed into each daughter cell
cytokinesis
The final stage of the cell cycle, in which the cell's cytoplasm divides, distributing the organelles into each of the two new daughter cells
interphase
The first stage of the cell cycle that takes place before cell division occurs, during which a cell grows and makes a copy of its DNA