What Are Some Characteristics Shared by All Living Organisms?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 2:37:31 AM ET

There are seven basic characteristics shared by all living organisms, with one being that all living things reproduce. Another characteristic is the use of energy.

Other Characteristics

  • All living things grow. This growth is due to cell division or the growth of cells.
  • All living things adapt to their environment in one way or another in order to survive.
  • All living things have molecular and cellular organizational structures. For instance, they organize cells at different levels such as tissue and organs.
  • Living things change in response to their environment. Similar to adaption, they change behaviors and responses to match their surroundings.
  • Everything living thing is made up of cells. There are two main types of living things, multicellular organisms and single-cell organisms.