|monad (ˈmɒnæd, ˈməʊ-)|
|—n , -ads, -ades|
|a. any fundamental singular metaphysical entity, esp if autonomous|
|b. (in the metaphysics of Leibnitz) a simple indestructible nonspatial element regarded as the unit of which reality consists|
|c. (in the pantheistic philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a fundamental metaphysical unit that is spatially extended and psychically aware|
|2.||a single-celled organism, esp a flagellate protozoan|
|3.||an atom, ion, or radical with a valency of one|
|[C17: from Late Latin monas, from Greek: unit, from monos alone]|
monad mo·nad (mō'nād')
An atom or a radical with a valence of 1.
A single-celled microorganism, especially a protozoan of the genus Monas.
Any of the four chromatids of a tetrad that, after the first and second meiotic divisions, separate to become the chromosomal material in each of the four daughter cells.