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Synonyms for zygote

(genetics) the diploid cell resulting from the union of a haploid spermatozoon and ovum (including the organism that develops from that cell)

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Human reproduction is only briefly touched upon, in the mention that a fertilized egg cell grows into a baby inside its mother.
The process that creates a complex, multicellular animal out of a single fertilized egg cell typically relies on the coordinated activity of thousands of genes.
The fertilized egg cell begins to divide and grow to become a blastocyst (ball of about 100 cells), then an embryo, and finally a fetus (unborn animal eight weeks after fertilization).
For dais to happen, these cells must first join their genetic material together to form a fertilized egg cell with a totally new and unique version of the human genome.
The fertilized egg cell does not contain its fate, just as a grape seed does not contain wine.