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zygote

noun zy·gote \ˈzī-ˌgōt\

biology : a cell that is formed when an egg and a sperm combine : a fertilized egg

Full Definition of ZYGOTE

:  a cell formed by the union of two gametes; broadly :  the developing individual produced from such a cell
zy·got·ic \zī-ˈgä-tik\ adjective
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Origin of ZYGOTE

Greek zygōtos yoked, from zygoun to join — more at zygoma
First Known Use: circa 1887

Other Cell Biology Terms

cytology, gamete, vacuole
ZYGOTIC Defined for Kids

zygote

noun zy·gote \ˈzī-ˌgōt\

Definition of ZYGOTE for Kids

:  the new cell formed when a sperm cell joins with an egg cell
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zygote

noun zy·gote \ˈzī-ˌgōt\

Medical Definition of ZYGOTE

:  a cell formed by the union of two gametes; broadly :  the developing individual produced from such a cell

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