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An organism having somatic cells with the diploid number of chromosomes.
dip·lont′ic (-lŏn′tĭk) adj.
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(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]
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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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