one of a pair of twins who develop from a single fertilized ovum and therefore have the same genotype, are of the same sex, and usually resemble each other closely.
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likeness, reciprocal, double, clone, look-alike, corollary, companion, counterpart, duplicate, mate, ringer, coordinate, doppelganger, match
- identical proposition,
- identical rhyme,
- identical twins,
- identification bracelet
Compare fraternal twin.
Origin of identical twin
First recorded in 1885–90
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Twins derived from the same fertilized ovum that at an early stage of development becomes separated into independently growing cell aggregations, giving rise to two individuals of the same sex, identical genetic makeup, and closely similar appearance.
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