zygote

zygote

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

Origin:
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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zygote (ˈzaɪɡəʊt, ˈzɪɡ-)
 
n
1.  the cell resulting from the union of an ovum and a spermatozoon
2.  the organism that develops from such a cell
 
[C19: from Greek zugōtos yoked, from zugoun to yoke]
 
zygotic
 
adj
 
zy'gotically
 
adv

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zygote
1891, from Gk. zygotos "yoked," from zygon "yoke" (see jugular).
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zygote zy·gote (zī'gōt')
n.

  1. The cell formed by the union of two gametes, especially a fertilized ovum before cleavage.

  2. The organism that develops from a zygote.


zy·got'ic (-gŏt'ĭk) adj.
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zygote   (zī'gōt')  Pronunciation Key 
The cell formed by the union of the nuclei of two reproductive cells (gametes), especially a fertilized egg cell.
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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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