identical twin

noun
either of two twins developed from the same fertilized ovum (having the same genetic material)
Hypernyms: ↑twin
Hyponyms: ↑Siamese twin, ↑conjoined twin

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noun
: either member of a pair of twins produced from a single zygote

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one of a pair of twins who develop from a single fertilized ovum and therefore have the same genotype, are of the same sex, and usually resemble each other closely. Cf. fraternal twin.
[1885-90]

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identical twin UK US noun [countable] [singular identical twin plural identical twins] biology
one of a pair of babies that a woman gives birth to at the same time that look exactly like each other because they have developed from a single egg
Thesaurus: brothers and sistershyponym
See also: fraternal twin

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noun, pl ⋯ twins [count]
: either member of a pair of twins that are produced from a single egg and who look exactly alike — compare fraternal twin

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iˌdentical ˈtwin [identical twin] (also technical monozyˌgotic ˈtwin) noun
either of two children or animals born from the same mother at the same time who have developed from a single egg. Identical twins are of the same sex and look very similar.
See also:monozygotic twin

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • identical twin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms identical twin : singular identical twin plural identical twins biology one of a pair of babies that a woman gives birth to at the same time that look exactly like each other because they have developed from a… …   English dictionary

  • identical twin — identical twins N COUNT: usu pl Identical twins are twins of the same sex who look exactly the same …   English dictionary

  • identical twin — i,dentical twin noun count identical twins are TWINS of the same sex who look exactly like each other => FRATERNAL TWIN …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • identical twin — i.dentical twin n [C usually plural] one of a pair of brothers or sisters born at the same time, who develop from the same egg and look almost exactly alike →fraternal twin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • identical twin — iden′tical twin′ n. dvl either of a pair of twins who develop from a single fertilized ovum and therefore have the same genotype, are of the same sex, and usu. resemble each other closely Compare fraternal twin …   From formal English to slang

  • identical twin — /aɪˌdɛntɪkəl ˈtwɪn/ (say uy.dentikuhl twin) noun one of twins of the same sex which develop from one fertilised ovum …   Australian English dictionary

  • identical twin — one of a pair of twins who develop from a single fertilized ovum and therefore have the same genotype, are of the same sex, and usually resemble each other closely. Cf. fraternal twin. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • identical twin — noun One of two siblings produced from the splitting of a single zygote. Syn: monozygotic twin …   Wiktionary

  • identical twin — See: monozygotic twin …   Glossary of Biotechnology

  • identical twin — noun (countable usually plural) one of a pair of brothers or sisters born at the same time, who look almost exactly alike …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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