In animals, as in plants, the diploid generation attained the higher development and gradually assumed the dominant position.
Similarly all the higher animals appear to us as independent organisms with diploid nuclei only.
The uninitiated sees in the more highly organised plants only a succession of diploid generations.
They appear with this arrangement in all subsequent nuclear divisions in the diploid generation.
Technically the tissue-cells are said to contain the diploid number of chromosomes, the gametes the reduced or haploid number.
diploid (2n) chromosome numbers were determined from cells in late prophase and metaphase of mitosis.
diploid dip·loid (dĭp'loid')
Having two sets of chromosomes or double the haploid number of chromosomes in the germ cell, with one member of each chromosome pair derived from the ovum and one from the spermatazoon. The diploid number, 46 in humans, is the normal chromosome complement of an organism's somatic cells. n.
A diploid organism or cell.