DIPLOID

diploid

(adjective) of a cell or organism having two sets of chromosomes or twice the haploid number; “diploid somatic cells”

diploid

(noun) (genetics) an organism or cell having the normal amount of DNA per cell; i.e., two sets of chromosomes or twice the haploid number

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Adjective

diploid (not comparable)

(cytology) Of a cell, having a pair of each type of chromosome, one of the pair being derived from the ovum and the other from the spermatozoon. Most somatic cells of higher organisms are diploid.

(cytology) Of an organism, having diploid cells.

(crystallography) Of a certain symmetry class with 24 congruent irregular quadrilateral faces.

Noun

diploid (plural diploids)

A cell which is diploid.

An organism with diploid cells.

Source: Wiktionary


Dip"loid, n. Etym: [Gr. -oid.] (Crystallog.)

Definition: A solid bounded by twenty-four similar quadrilateral faces. It is a hemihedral form of the hexoctahedron.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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