zygote

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see reproductionreproduction,
capacity of all living systems to give rise to new systems similar to themselves. The term reproduction may refer to this power of self-duplication of a single cell or a multicellular animal or plant organism.
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Zygote

 

a cell formed as a result of the fusion of gametes. The term “zygote” was introduced by the German botanist E. Strassburger. As distinct from gametes, a zygote has a diploid (double) set of chromosomes. The zygote develops directly after fertilization or, as in many algae and fungi, takes on a thick covering and becomes a dormant spore, often called a zygospore, for some time.

zygote

[′zī‚gōt]
(embryology)
An organism produced by the union of two gametes.
The fertilized ovum before cleavage.