noun, plural: eukaryotic cells
The cell of a eukaryote, i.e. an organism that possesses a membrane-bound nucleus.
The presence of a distinct nucleus encased within membranes is one of the major distinctive features of a eukaryotic cell from a prokaryotic cell. Examples of this kind of cell are the cells of animals, plants, fungi, and protists.
Word origin: eukaryotic + cell.
See also: prokaryote