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An organism having somatic cells with the diploid number of chromosomes.

dip·lont′ic (-lŏn′tĭk) adj.


(Biology) an animal or plant that has the diploid number of chromosomes in its somatic cells
[C20: diplo- + Greek ōn being, from einai to be]
dipˈlontic adj


(ˈdɪp lɒnt)

1. the diploid individual in a life cycle that has a diploid and a haploid phase.
2. an organism having two sets of chromosomes in its somatic cells and a single haploid set of chromosomes in its gametes.
[1920–25; dipl (o)- + -ont < Greek ont-, s. of ṓn being, present participle of eînai to be (compare onto-)]
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This lends ferns the option that their diplonts breaking through the archegonia will directly contact the soil what is impossible for the sporogonium of bryophytes (Figs.
Contrary to the haplonts, the diplonts of bryophytes and ferns are totally different.