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Pronunciation: dip'loyd

Definition: Denoting the state of a cell containing two haploid sets derived from the father and from the mother respectively; the normal chromosome complement of somatic cells (in humans, 46 chromosomes).

[diplo- + G. eidos resemblance]

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