7.4 Homeostasis and Cells

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Relatively constant internal physical and chemical conditions of a cell. To maintain homeostasis, unicellular organisms grow, respond to the environment, transform energy, and reproduce.


Unicellular prokaryotes that are adapted to living in a remarkable number of different places.


A unicellular eukaryote that contains chloroplasts.

Why is maintaining homeostasis particularly important to single-celled organisms?

Maintaining homeostasis is important because single-celled organisms rely on it so it can carry out all the functions necessary for life.

How are multicellular organisms like a baseball team?

Multicellular organisms are like a baseball team because they have different roles which they have to perform. To be able to win the game, there must be communication between the players and the coach.

How does multi-cellular organisms maintain homeostasis?

The cells of multicellular organisms perform specialized tasks and communicate with one another in order to maintain homeostasis.


Areas that hold that hold adjacent cells together and enable them to communicate.

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