I am not too sure if viruses are considered living organisms.

I learned that living organism:

-Change their size -Reproduce -Heal themselves -Need energy (by eating) -React to the environment -Have a lifespan -Made of at least 1 cell (some exceptions)

Which features that are listed are not in viruses?

If I need to be more clear, please tell me as I'm not very good at explaining.

  • $\begingroup$ @DeNovo Hm the answers to those questions are very helpful. I just would like to know which of the characteristics I've posted are the same characteristics in viruses. $\endgroup$
    – iiRosie1
    Sep 17, 2018 at 19:40

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Linving organisms have intricate metabolic pathways that viruses donot have viruses stay in equilibrium till they infect host meaning that they they donot exachange matter and energy with surronding when they are outside the body but is a property shown by humans and living organisms.

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