- double; twofold.
- Biology. having two similar complements of chromosomes.
- Biology. an organism or cell having double the basic haploid number of chromosomes.
- Crystallography. a solid belonging to the isometric system and having 24 trapezoidal planes.
Origin of diploid
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Diploid (2n) chromosome numbers were determined from cells in late prophase and metaphase of mitosis.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca
William E. Duellman
In animals, as in plants, the diploid generation attained the higher development and gradually assumed the dominant position.
The uninitiated sees in the more highly organised plants only a succession of diploid generations.
Similarly all the higher animals appear to us as independent organisms with diploid nuclei only.
They appear with this arrangement in all subsequent nuclear divisions in the diploid generation.
- biology (of cells or organisms) having pairs of homologous chromosomes so that twice the haploid number is present
- double or twofold
- biology a diploid cell or organism
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Word Origin and History for diploid
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- 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.
- A diploid organism or cell.
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- Having paired sets of chromosomes in a cell or cell nucleus. In diploid organisms that reproduce sexually, one set of chromosomes is inherited from each parent. The somatic cells of most animals are diploid. Compare haploid. See Note at mitosis.
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