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zygote Syllabification: zy·gote
Pronunciation: /ˈzīˌɡōt/

Definition of zygote in English:


A diploid cell resulting from the fusion of two haploid gametes; a fertilized ovum.
Example sentences
  • A brief exposure to chloroform vapors kills vegetative cells but not zygotes.
  • In charophytes, the first cell division of the zygote is meiosis, and their plant body is gametophytic.
  • Those 10 frozen little 16 or 32 cell zygotes will never be used for anything else.


Late 19th century: from Greek zugōtos 'yoked', from zugoun 'to yoke'.



Pronunciation: /zīˈɡätik/
Example sentences
  • Several gametic and zygotic reproductive barriers were found in a cross between Japonica and Indica rice varieties.
  • It is the sperm basal body that serves as a centriole in the zygotic microtubule organizing center.
  • A post zygotic mutation restricted to somatic cells has been assumed to be responsible for most cases.

Words that rhyme with zygote

redcoat • tailcoat • raincoat

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