The Characteristics of Living Things

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The Characteristics of Life - Mr Pauller

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    There are seven main features that all living things share, if not on the level on the whole organism, at least on the level of the cells or parts of this organism. They are movement, nutrition, respiration, sensitivity, reproduction, excretion,and growth.


    Movement is changing the position the organism or part of it is occupying, e.g plants do not move but their roots do when growing.

    Nutrition is the intake of compounds from the surrounding by the organism.

    Respiration is the breaking down of chemicals to release the energy so it can be used by the organism.

    Sensitivity is the detection of the change in the environment.

    Reproduction is the production of a new individual of the organism.

    Excretion is getting rid of waste material which has been metabolically changed inside the organism's body.

    Growth is the increase in size and/or complexity of the organism.

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