Human Biology, 14 Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 1-25924-574-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-25924-574-9

Chapter 1 - Section 1.1 - The Characteristics of Life - Biology Matters - Page 6: 2


Homeostasis Organization Metabolism Growth Adaptation Response to Stimuli Reproduction

Work Step by Step

Homeostasis - Internal regulation of the environment to maintain a constant, balanced state Organization - Being structurally composed of one or more cells Metabolism - Transformation of energy by converting chemicals and energy into cellular components (anabolism) and decomposing organic matter (catabolism) Growth - Maintenance of a higher rate of anabolism than catabolism Adaptation - The ability to change over time in response to the environment. Response to Stimuli - A living organism must be able to respond appropriately to external/environmental stimuli Reproduction - The ability to produce new individual organisms, either asexually from a single parent organism, or sexually from two parent organisms.
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