Are viruses cells?

2 Answers
Nov 7, 2017

Yes , for example Virus


Cells are the basic units of life. Cells can exist by themselves, like bacteria. But there are organisms which are not actually cells like Viruses.

Virus outside it's host is dead but can multiply inside host cells. Viruses lack Nucleus , Mitochondrion and all other important components of cells hence virus is not a cell but it is a living organism ( inside host cells )

No, but viruses fall into a gray area between living and non-living.


Cells are considered to be the basic unit of life. For this reason, things that are not cells can't be considered to truly be alive.

This video reviews the characteristics of living things.

Hope this helps!