1. Biology. an organism or cell having only one complete set of chromosomes, ordinarily half the normal diploid number.

Origin of haploid

First recorded in 1905–10; hapl- + -oid
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Examples from the Web for haploid

Historical Examples of haploid

  • Haploid (n) chromosome numbers were determined from cells in diakinesis, metaphase I, and metaphase II of meiosis.

  • Each of these divides again by mitosis (the chromosomes splitting lengthwise), the half or haploid number remaining.

    Taboo and Genetics

    Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

  • The next stage is their separation to the haploid daughter-nuclei, which have resulted from the reduction process.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • Technically the tissue-cells are said to contain the diploid number of chromosomes, the gametes the reduced or haploid number.

    Being Well-Born

    Michael F. Guyer

British Dictionary definitions for haploid


adjective also: haploidic
  1. (esp of gametes) having a single set of unpaired chromosomes
  1. a haploid cell or organism
Compare diploid
Derived Formshaploidy, noun

Word Origin for haploid

C20: from Greek haploeidēs single, from haplous single
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Word Origin and History for haploid

1908, from German haploid (1905), from Greek haplos "single."

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haploid in Medicine


  1. Having the same number of sets of chromosomes as a germ cell, or half the diploid number of a somatic cell. The haploid number (23 in humans) is the normal chromosome complement of germ cells.
  1. A haploid organism or cell.
Related formshaploi′dy (-loi′dē) n.
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haploid in Science


  1. Having a single set of each chromosome in a cell or cell nucleus. In most animals, only the gametes (reproductive cells) are haploid. Compare aneuploid diploid. See Note at mitosis.
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