Origin of zygotefrom Classical Greek zyg?tos, yoked from zygon, yoke
The definition of a zygote is the cell that forms by the union of an egg cell and a sperm cell.
A fertilized female egg from which a baby will develop is an example of a zygote.
a diploid cell formed by the union of two haploid gametes, esp. by the union of an egg cell and a sperm cell
- The cell formed by the union of two gametes, especially a fertilized ovum before cleavage.
- The organism that develops from a zygote.
Origin of zygoteFrom Greek zugōtos yoked from zugoun to yoke ; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
- A fertilized egg cell.
From Ancient Greek ζυγωτός (zugōtos, “yoked”), from ζυγός (zugos, “yoke”).
- The zygote, the name for the sperm and egg once they have come together, will then make its way down to the uterus.
- The zygote soon begins to divide rapidly in a process called cleavage, first into two identical cells called blastomeres, which further divide to four cells, then into eight, and so on.
- Similarly, other fertility techniques such as gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) are also more likely to result in multiple gestations.
- Identical twins represent the splitting of a single fertilized zygote (union of two gametes or male/female sex cells to produce a developing embryo) into two separate individuals.
- Oocyst-A developmental stage of certain parasitic organisms, including those responsible for malaria and toxoplasmosis, in which the zygote of the organism is enclosed in a cyst.