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polyploidy

Pronunciation: pol'e-ploy'de

Definition: The state of a cell nucleus containing three or more haploid sets. Cells containing three, four, five, or six multiples are referred to, respectively, as triploid, tetraploid, pentaploid, or hexaploid.

[poly- + G. ploides, in form]

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