Characteristics of Living Things

Term Definition
asexual reproduction reproduction that does not involve the union of sex cells and in which one parent produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent
cell in biology, the smallest unit that can perform all life processes; covered by a membrane and contain DNA and cytoplasm
heredity the passing of genetic traits from parent to offspring & how the offspring looks like the parent(s)
homeostasis the maintenance of a constant internal state in a changing environment
metabolism the sum of all chemical processes that occur in an organism
sexual reproduction reproduction in which the sex cells from two parents unite to produce offspring that share traits from both parents
stimulus anything that causes a reaction or change in an organism or any part of an organism
response any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
ATP the major energy-carrying molecule in the cell

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