zygote

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noun zy·gote \ ˈzī-ˌgōt \

Definition of zygote

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

zygotic

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Origin and Etymology of zygote

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

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ZYGOTE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of zygote for English Language Learners

  • biology : a cell that is formed when an egg and a sperm combine : a fertilized egg


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zygote

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noun zy·gote \ ˈzī-ˌgōt \

Definition of zygote for Students

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

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zygote

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noun zy·gote \ ˈzī-ˌgōt \

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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