ploidy

[ ploi-dee ]
/ ˈplɔɪ di /

noun Biology.

the number of homologous chromosome sets present in a cell or organism.

Nearby words

  1. plod,
  2. plodder,
  3. plodding,
  4. plodge,
  5. ploeşti,
  6. plomb,
  7. plombage,
  8. plomer,
  9. plonk,
  10. plonker

Origin of ploidy

First recorded in 1935–40; see origin at -ploid, -y3

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Medicine definitions for ploidy

ploidy

[ ploidē ]

n.

A multiple of the basic number of chromosomes in a cell.

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