Zygote definition

zīgōt
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The cell formed by the union of two gametes, especially a fertilized ovum before cleavage.
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A fertilized egg cell.
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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.

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A diploid cell formed by the union of two haploid gametes, esp. by the union of an egg cell and a sperm cell.
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The organism that develops from a zygote.
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The organism that develops from a zygote.
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The cell formed by the union of two gametes, especially a fertilized ovum before cleavage.
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The cell formed by the union of the nuclei of two reproductive cells (gametes), especially a fertilized egg cell.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
zygote
Plural:
zygotes

Origin of zygote

  • From Greek zugōtos yoked from zugoun to yoke yeug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ζυγωτός (zugōtos, “yoked”), from ζυγός (zugos, “yoke”).

    From Wiktionary