diploid

adjective
dip·​loid | \ ˈdi-ˌplȯid How to pronounce diploid (audio) \

Definition of diploid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having two haploid sets of homologous chromosomes diploid somatic cells

diploid

noun

Definition of diploid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a single cell, individual, or generation characterized by the diploid chromosome number

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Other Words from diploid

Adjective

diploidy \ ˈdi-​ˌplȯi-​dē How to pronounce diploid (audio) \ noun

Examples of diploid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Genomicists think that the ancestors of sturgeons were diploid until all their chromosomes doubled and the fish became tetraploid. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2020 So farmers plant sterile triploid plants along with diploid plants. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 3 July 2020 This means humans are diploid, or contain two full sets of chromosomes. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2020 Oogonia are small diploid cells that form during the early stages of fetal development. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In another form of parthenogenesis, apomixis, reproductive cells replicate via mitosis, a process in which the cell duplicates to create two diploid cells—a kind of genetic copy-and-paste. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, 25 Aug. 2020 The triploids can’t self-pollinate (because their pollen is not viable) but bees can carry the viable diploid pollen to the triploid flowers to complete fertilization. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of diploid

Adjective

1908, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diploid

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The first known use of diploid was in 1908

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“Diploid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diploid. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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diploid

adjective
dip·​loid | \ ˈdip-ˌlȯid How to pronounce diploid (audio) \

Medical Definition of diploid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the basic chromosome number doubled

Other Words from diploid

diploidy \ -​ˌlȯid-​ē How to pronounce diploid (audio) \ noun, plural diploidies

diploid

noun

Medical Definition of diploid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a single cell, individual, or generation characterized by the diploid chromosome number

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