Functioning of organisms (Characteristics of living organisms)
Organisms have the potential to carry out the life processes of nutrition, movement, growth, reproduction, respiration, sensitivity and excretion
The following characteristics are those that most biologists accept as being common to all living things. It is true that they may not always be displayed but even the most inactive of organisms has the potential to carry out all these functions. It is equally true that there are times in the life cycles of some organisms where all these functions appear to be suspended as is the case with seed producing organisms (Lotus seeds have been grown after being stored for 160 years).