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What is the term used to describe a cell's ability to maintain a stable internal environment?

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Homeostasis is the term used to describe a cells ability to maintain a stable internal environment. Coined in 1959, the term refers to the chemical and physical parameters that any organism or cell needs to maintain in order for it to function properly.

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What is the term used to describe a cell's ability to maintain a stable internal environment?
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There are differences between the manner in which a single cell maintains its homeostasis and how a much more complex multicellular organism accomplishes it. The single-cell organism can, for instance, simply dump its waste products outside its cell wall. A multicellular organism (such as a dog, cat or human) needs to have its wastes taken away by various organ systems in order to remove these potentially toxic materials to a safe place outside the body.

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