(eucaryotic) Describing cells that have a nucleus, or organisms made up of such cells (compare prokaryotic
). The genetic material of eukaryotes consists of *chromatin
and is divided into a number of chromosomes, which are located in the nucleus. Eukaryotic cells usually divide either by mitosis or meiosis while division in prokaryotes is amitotic. In certain classifications all eukaryotic organisms are placed in the kingdom Eukaryota, to emphasize the difference between these and the prokaryotes, or Prokaryota.