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zygote

[zahy-goht, zig-oht]
noun Biology.
  1. the cell produced by the union of two gametes, before it undergoes cleavage.
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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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Historical Examples of zygote

  • IX, X, show the formation of the zygote by fusion of the nuclei of the gametes.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5

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  • Reorganization in the zygote of Barbulanympha without nuclear or cytoplasmic division.

  • From such a cell (zygote), half male, half female, the body of every living organism has sprung.

  • What is the relation between gamete and zygote, between zygote and gamete?

    Mendelism

    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • But if the basis is not there, no amount of education can transform that zygote into a mathematician.

    Mendelism

    Reginald Crundall Punnett


British Dictionary definitions for zygote

zygote

noun
  1. the cell resulting from the union of an ovum and a spermatozoon
  2. the organism that develops from such a cell
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Derived Formszygotic (zaɪˈɡɒtɪk, zɪ-), adjectivezygotically, adverb

Word Origin for zygote

C19: from Greek zugōtos yoked, from zugoun to yoke
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Word Origin and History for zygote

n.

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

zygote in Medicine

zygote

(zīgōt′)
n.
  1. The cell that is formed by the union of two gametes, especially a fertilized ovum before cleavage.
  2. The organism that develops from a zygote.
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Related formszy•gotic (-gŏtĭk) adj.
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zygote in Science

zygote

[zīgōt′]
  1. The cell formed by the union of the nuclei of two reproductive cells (gametes), especially a fertilized egg cell.
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zygote in Culture

zygote

[(zeye-goht)]

The single cell that results from fertilization of an ovum by a sperm. After dividing several times, it implants in the uterus. It continues to divide, producing more cells and passing through the stages of embryo and fetus.

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