What are the characteristics of all living things?

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this my question: what are the characteristics of all living things?, could members answer me please

I'll share a simple model for remembering the characteristics of living things with you.
"MR- NIGER-D" is it.
M- Movement (all living things move)
R- Respiration (they respire either aerobically-using oxygen, or anaerobically-without oxygen)

N- Nutrition (they eat to live)
I- Irritability (they respond to sensations)
G- Growth (they grow into maturity)
E- Excretion (they also remove waste substances-both toxic and non-toxic- from their system)
R- Reproduction (they give birth to their young ones to ensure continuity of life)

D- Death (all living things die eventually).
Wishing you the best.


Mules do not reproduce.
many plants do not move
Does a single cell omeba die when it devides into two single cell omebas?-
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this is a harder question than it appears. my list of the characturistics mandatory for life are:
one or more cells
Cellular respiration
REquire energy
and can replicate either through cell division or sex.
This would mean a virus is not alive. so although the traights listed above are the charavcturistics of living things, not all living things have all these characteristics.


The most important characteristics which all living things have is the presence of Senses or Sensory organs. Right from the tiny amoeba to elephants every living organism has got one or more number of senses.

All living beings have the ability to adapt to their environment.

All living things can reproduce... helping in maintaining their species.


Many machines show some of the characteristics of life:
eg. Motor Cars: Nutrition........petrol (gasolene)
Respiration......air intake
Excretion......carbon dioxide etc. in exhaust gases
Senses.........movement detecting alarm, light sensors
Growth and Reproduction..........?


* Living things are made of cells.
* Living things obtain and use energy.
* Living things grow and develop.
* Living things reproduce.
* Living things respond to their environment.
* Living things adapt to their environment.


The use oxygen, live, breathe, and die.


They use energy and are made of cells.