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monozygotic Syllabification: mon·o·zy·got·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmänōˌzīˈɡädik/
(also monozygousˌmänəˈzīɡəs)

Definition of monozygotic in English:


(Of twins) derived from a single ovum, and so identical.
Example sentences
  • Because monozygotic twins presumably have identical genes, any dermatoglyphic differences between them must be due to differences in prenatal environmental experiences.
  • Two well conducted and well controlled studies show that refractive errors are much more strongly correlated in monozygotic twins than in dizygotic twins.
  • For the correlation analysis, 20 unrelated couples were formed by randomly matching one monozygotic twin with one dizygotic twin.


Early 20th century: from mono- 'single' + zygote + -ic.



Pronunciation: /-ˈɡäsitē/
Example sentences
  • Both fetuses were female, consistent with the monozygosity diagnosed on placental examination.

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