poly·​ploid | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌplȯid How to pronounce polyploid (audio) \

Definition of polyploid

: having or being a chromosome number that is a multiple greater than two of the monoploid number

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Other Words from polyploid

polyploid noun
polyploidy \ ˈpä-​lē-​ˌplȯi-​dē How to pronounce polyploidy (audio) \ noun

Examples of polyploid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During rare polyploid events, a screw-up in the reproductive process caused the whole genome to duplicate at once. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Genetic Tidying Up Made Humped Bladderworts Into Carnivorous Plants," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of polyploid

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polyploid

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The first known use of polyploid was in 1911

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“Polyploid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyploid. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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poly·​ploid | \ ˈpäl-i-ˌplȯid How to pronounce polyploid (audio) \

Medical Definition of polyploid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having or being a chromosome number that is a multiple greater than two of the monoploid number



Medical Definition of polyploid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a polyploid individual

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