(Zyg`o*bran"chi*ate) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Zygobranchia.
(Zyg`o*dac"tyl, Zyg`o*dac"tyle) n. [See Zygodactylic.] (Zoöl.) Any zygodactylous bird.
(||Zyg`o*dac"ty*læ) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) The zygodactylous birds. In a restricted sense applied
to a division of birds which includes the barbets, toucans, honey guides, and other related birds.
(||Zyg`o*dac"ty*li) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Scansores.
(Zyg`o*dac"ty*lic Zyg`o*dac"tyl*ous) (?; 277), a. [Gr. zygo`n a yoke, pair + finger, toe: cf.
F. zygodactyle.] (Zoöl.) Yoke-footed; having the toes disposed in pairs; applied to birds which have
two toes before and two behind, as the parrot, cuckoo, woodpecker, etc.
(||Zy*go"ma) n. [NL., fr. Gr. fr. to yoke, zygo`n a yoke.] (Anat.) (a) The jugal, malar, or
cheek bone. (b) The zygomatic process of the temporal bone. (c) The whole zygomatic arch.
Zygomatic arch, the arch of bone beneath the orbit, formed in most mammals by the union of the
malar, or jugal, with the zygomatic process of the temporal bone. In the lower vertebrates other bones
may help to form it, and there may be two arches on each side of the skull, as in some reptiles. Zygomatic
process, a process of the temporal or squamosal bone helping to form the zygomatic arch.
(Zyg`o*mat"ic) a. [Cf. F. zygomatique.] (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the
(Zyg`o*mor"phic Zyg`o*mor"phous) a. zygo`n a yoke + form.]> (Biol.) Symmetrical bilaterally;
said of organisms, or parts of organisms, capable of division into two symmetrical halves only in a single
(Zyg"o*phyte) n. [Gr. zygo`n a yoke + fyto`n a plant.] (Bot.) Any plant of a proposed
class or grand division in which reproduction consists in the union of two similar cells. Cf. Oöphyte.
(||Zy*go"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. balancing, fr. zygo`n yoke.] (Biol.) Same as Conjugation.
(Zyg"o*sperm) n. [Gr. zygo`n a yoke + E. sperm.] (Bot.) A spore formed by the union
of the contents of two similar cells, either of the same or of distinct individual plants. Zygosperms are
found in certain orders of algæ and fungi.
(Zyg"o*sphene) n. [Gr. zygo`n a yoke + a wedge.] (Anat.) A median process on the
front part of the neural arch of the vertebræ of most snakes and some lizards, which fits into a fossa,
called the zygantrum, on the back part of the arch in front.
(Zyg"o*spore) n. [Gr. zygo`n a yoke + E. spore.] (Bot.) (a) Same as Zygosperm. (b)
A spore formed by the union of several zoöspores; called also zygozoöspore.
(Zy"lon*ite) n. Celluloid.
(Zym"ase) n. [From Zyme.] (Physiol. Chem.) A soluble ferment, or enzyme. See Enzyme.
1. A ferment.
2. (Med.) The morbific principle of a zymotic disease. Quain.
(Zym"ic) a. (Old Chem.) Pertaining to, or produced by, fermentation; formerly, by confusion,
used to designate lactic acid.