- 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.
Origin of zygote; from Classical Greek zygōtos, yoked ; from zygon, yoke
- 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”).