tetraploid

adjective
tet·ra·ploid | \ ˈte-trə-ˌplȯid \

Definition of tetraploid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having or being a chromosome number four times the monoploid number a tetraploid cell

tetraploid

noun

Definition of tetraploid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tetraploid individual

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Adjective

tetraploidy \ˈte-trə-ˌplȯi-dē \ noun

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Tetraploids are bred to create larger flowers and denser foliage than normal, and are identified on plant tags when plants are purchased. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "The colorful Italian arum pairs well with hostas," 26 Apr. 2017 Slow-growing hostas include the miniatures, those with a lot of white on the leaves, and the tetraploids (that is, those with four basic sets of chromosomes instead of the usual two, one from each parent). Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "The colorful Italian arum pairs well with hostas," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tetraploid

Adjective

1912, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1921, in the meaning defined above

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Adjective

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tetraploid

adjective
tet·ra·ploid | \ ˈte-trə-ˌplȯid \

Medical Definition of tetraploid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having or being a chromosome number four times the monoploid number a tetraploid cell

Other words from tetraploid

tetraploidy \-ˌplȯid-ē \ noun plural -dies

tetraploid

noun

Medical Definition of tetraploid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tetraploid individual

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