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characteristics of living things
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long strings of chemical compounds that are used to make proteins.
the smallest parts of an element that have all the chemical properties of the element.
starches and sugars
one of the fundamental substances,such as oxygen and carbon, that can be combined to make up all matter; each element contains atoms of only one kind.
the ability to do work
proteins produced by living cells that can speed up or slow down biological reactions such as the digestion of food.
a sugar that is an important source of energy in plants and animals.
fats and oils.
a group of two or more atoms held together by a bond.
new organisms produced by living things
large molecules made up mostly of carbon atoms that are unique to living things and make life possible.
a living thing
the way in which organisms produce offspring
any substance that can dissolve another substance, such as water
the now- discredited notion that living organisms arose spontaneously from nonliving matter.
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