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  • individual or cell having two complete sets of chromosomes
    Source: Jenkins, John B. 1990. Human Genetics, 2nd Edition. New York: Harper & Row
  • double number of chromosomes found in the sporophyte generation of plants and in the body cells of animals, as contrasted with the single (monoploid) number in germ cells; contrast to monoploid, haploid
    Source: Noland, George B. 1983. General Biology, 11th Edition. St. Louis, MO. C. V. Mosby
  • Diploid is a cell or organism that has paired chromosomes, one from each parent. In humans, cells other than human sex cells, are diploid and have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Human sex cells (egg and sperm cells) contain a single set of chromosomes and are known as haploid.

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