zy·​gote | \ ˈzī-ˌgōt How to pronounce zygote (audio) \

Definition of zygote

: a cell formed by the union of two gametes broadly : the developing individual produced from such a cell

Other Words from zygote

zygotic \ zī-​ˈgä-​tik How to pronounce zygote (audio) \ adjective

Examples of zygote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take, for instance, Lakewood resident David Owen Michaels who a dozen years ago came away from a visit to The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit with a zygote of an idea for a musical theater production. John Benson, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2022 So in the process of, of cellular division and the creation of a zygote, mothers pass on their mitochondria, not fathers. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 27 July 2022 When a zygote, embryo or fetus becomes a human being is far from an objective determination within or across any religions. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 17 July 2022 The researchers found that cells separate into fetal and placental lineages earlier than anticipated — in some cases, within the first few cell divisions of the zygote. Quanta Magazine, 8 Apr. 2021 My mother-in-law nodded wisely, noting that this was a good sign, that nausea meant my body was chock-full of all the hormones necessary to keep that little zygote safe and sound. Jenn Morson, Redbook, 5 Sep. 2017 Even though each of your cells supposedly contains a replica of the DNA in the fertilized egg that began your life, mutations, copying errors and editing mistakes began modifying that code as soon as your zygote self began to divide. Quanta Magazine, 21 Aug. 2014 If this all sounds familiar, there’s a reason for it — animal embryos develop from zygotes in much the same way, and spherical choanoflagellate colonies look uncannily like early-stage animal embryos. Quanta Magazine, 29 July 2014 There's not much time before the zygotes, fertilized single cells, start multiplying. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 23 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of zygote

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zygote

Greek zygōtos yoked, from zygoun to join — more at zygoma

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The first known use of zygote was circa 1887

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4 Sep 2022

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“Zygote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zygote. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for zygote


zy·​gote | \ ˈzī-ˌgōt How to pronounce zygote (audio) \

Kids Definition of zygote

: the new cell formed when a sperm cell joins with an egg cell


zy·​gote | \ ˈzī-ˌgōt How to pronounce zygote (audio) \

Medical Definition of zygote

: a cell formed by the union of two gametes broadly : the developing individual produced from such a cell

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