triploid

adjective

trip·​loid ˈtri-ˌplȯid How to pronounce triploid (audio)
: having or being a chromosome number three times the monoploid number
triploid noun
triploidy noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Andrew Dittman, a research fisheries biologist for Northwest Fisheries Science Center, said using triploid fish was a common and largely effective process for maintaining a sterile population. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2019 Triploid chromosomes can replicate for normal growth, but can’t make sperm or eggs3. Nick Stockton, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2015

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin triplus triple

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triploid was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Triploid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triploid. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

triploid

1 of 2 adjective
trip·​loid ˈtrip-ˌlȯid How to pronounce triploid (audio)
: having or being a chromosome number three times the monoploid number
triploidy noun
plural triploidies

triploid

2 of 2 noun
: a triploid individual
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