Definition of "dizygotic" [dizygotic]

  • Derived from two separately fertilized eggs. Used especially of fraternal twins. (adjective)

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Use "dizygotic" in a sentence
  • "The mother assumed that she had given birth to fraternal twins (dizygotic, from two eggs) and not "identical" ones (monozygotic, two embryos developed from a single fertilized egg)."
  • "In contrast, we present here evidence for cognitive “specialist genes”: monozygotic twins are more similar than dizygotic twins in the specific cognitive ability of face perception."
  • "Each of three measures of face-specific processing was heritable, i.e., more correlated in monozygotic than dizygotic twins: face-specific recognition ability, the face-inversion effect [2], and the composite-face effect [3]."