- the cell produced by the union of two gametes, before it undergoes cleavage.
Origin of zygote
1885–90; < Greek zygōtós yoked, equivalent to zygō-, variant stem of zygoûn to yoke, join together (derivative of zygón yoke1) + -tos adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for zygote
IX, X, show the formation of the zygote by fusion of the nuclei of the gametes.
Reorganization in the zygote of Barbulanympha without nuclear or cytoplasmic division.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
From such a cell (zygote), half male, half female, the body of every living organism has sprung.Feminism and Sex-Extinction
All these things are but the transfer from zygote to zygote of something extrinsic to the species.
But if the basis is not there, no amount of education can transform that zygote into a mathematician.
- the cell resulting from the union of an ovum and a spermatozoon
- the organism that develops from such a cell
C19: from Greek zugōtos yoked, from zugoun to yoke
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Word Origin and History for zygote
1880, coined 1878 by German cytologist Eduard Strasburger (1844-1912), the widespread attribution to William Bateson being apparently erroneous; from Greek zygotos "yoked," from zygon "yoke" (see jugular).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The cell that is formed by the union of two gametes, especially a fertilized ovum before cleavage.
- The organism that develops from a zygote.
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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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