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Dihaploidy

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noun

(genetics) The state of being dihaploid wherein the haploid cell having two copies of the set of chromosomes


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In genetics, ploidy refers to the number of sets of homologous chromosomes in the genome of a cell or an organism. Each set is designated by n. Dihaploidy is the state in which the nucleus contains two copies of the same haploid genome. A haploid cell having two copies of the same haploid genome is called a dihaploid. A dihaploid cell would therefore have a nucleus with two copies of chromosomes. It should not be confused with diploid since a diploid would be a result of the union of a set of chromosomes from the maternal parent and another set from the paternal parent. Dihaploidy is caused by haplodization, which is the process of halving the chromosomal content of a cell of a tetraploid species. In particular, a dihaploid arises from the spontaneous or induced chromosome doubling in haploid cells during embryogenesis.

Haplodiploidy is different from dihaploidy. The former is a sex-determination system in certain organisms.


Word origin: from dihaploid - coined by Bender in 1963 to combine in one word the number of genome copies (diploid) and their origin (haploid)

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  • dihaploid (noun)
  • dihaploidic (adjective, of, or pertaining to, dihaploidy)