noun, plural: prokaryotic cells
(1) The cell of a prokaryote, i.e. an organism whose cell generally lacks a true nucleus.
(2) Any cell characterized by features similar to a prokaryote.
Examples of prokaryotic cells are cells of bacteria and archaea. Bacterial cells, for instance, do not possess a true nucleus such as in eukaryotic cells. They have only a nucleiod region for its chromosomal DNA.
Word origin: prokaryotic + cell.
See also: prokaryote