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 diploidy (audio) \ noun

Examples of diploid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So farmers plant sterile triploid plants along with diploid plants. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 3 July 2020 This means humans are diploid, or contain two full sets of chromosomes. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Team Uncovers Major New Truths About the Legendary Giant Squid," 16 Jan. 2020 Oogonia are small diploid cells that form during the early stages of fetal development. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Take Major Step Towards Making Babies From Skin Cells," 21 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "An ode to watermelon. Why it's the best summer fruit. And if you don't agree, you're wrong," 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

Adjective

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The first known use of diploid was in 1908

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8 Jul 2020

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“Diploid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diploid. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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 diploidy (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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