1. Double or twofold.
2. Genetics Having a pair of each type of chromosome in the cell nucleus, so that the basic chromosome number is doubled: diploid somatic cells.
A diploid organism or cell.
[Greek diploos, double; see dwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + –OID.]
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