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ploi·dy

(ploy'dē),
The number of haploid sets in a cell. Gametes normally contain one; somatic cells two.
See also: polyploidy.
[-ploid + -y, condition]

ploidy

(ploi′dē)
n.
A multiple of the basic number of chromosomes in a cell.

ploidy

[ploi′dē]
Etymology: Gk, eidos, form
the status of a cell nucleus in regard to the number of complete chromosome sets it contains.

ploi·dy

(ploy'dē)
The number of haploid sets in a cell. Gametes normally contain one; autosomal cells, two.
See also: polyploidy
[ploid + -y, condition]

ploidy

The number of copies of the set of chromosomes in a cell. A normal diploid cell with two copies has a ploidy of two; a haploid cell with one copy, such as an ovum or a spermatozoon, has a ploidy of one.

ploidy

the number of chromosome sets making up the total genome of an organism.

Thus the ploidy of normal humans is two and is written 2n. See DIPLOID (1).

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