Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

zygo-

Joining or pairing.

[Greek zugon, yoke.]

A zygote (Greek zugōtos, yoked) is a diploid cell, a fertilized ovum, resulting from the fusion of two haploid gametes; a bird that is zygodactyl (Greek daktulos, finger) has a pair of toes pointing forward and another pair backward, like a parrot; the zygomatic bone forms the prominent part of the cheek and the outer side of the eye socket, at the junction between the cranial and facial bones; a zygospore is the thick-walled resting cell of certain fungi and algae, arising from the fusion of two similar gametes.

Visit Michael Quinion’s World Wide Words site for 2000+ articles on English!

Copyright © Michael Quinion 2008–. All rights reserved. Page last updated 23 September 2008.
Your comments and suggestions on the site are very welcome.