polyploid

adjective

poly·​ploid ˈpä-lē-ˌplȯid How to pronounce polyploid (audio)
: having or being a chromosome number that is a multiple greater than two of the monoploid number
polyploid noun
polyploidy 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, 19 May 2017

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First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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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 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

polyploid

1 of 2 adjective
poly·​ploid ˈpäl-i-ˌplȯid How to pronounce polyploid (audio)
: having or being a chromosome number that is a multiple greater than two of the monoploid number

polyploid

2 of 2 noun
: a polyploid individual
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