identical twin


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iden′tical twin′


n.
either of a pair of twins who develop from a single fertilized ovum and therefore have the same genotype, are of the same sex, and usu. resemble each other closely. Compare fraternal twin.
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Noun1.identical twin - either of two twins developed from the same fertilized ovum (having the same genetic material)identical twin - either of two twins developed from the same fertilized ovum (having the same genetic material)
conjoined twin, Siamese twin - one of a pair of identical twins born with their bodies joined at some point
twin - either of two offspring born at the same time from the same pregnancy
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Jake knows he is adopted, and he assumes Jack is his identical twin.
But other than those differences, identical twin professors Jheem and Rheem Medh offer few distinguishable clues to their students and colleagues at California State University, Northridge, where they teach chemistry and biology.
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