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What types of cells are diploid?

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All cells in the human body are diploid, except those used in sexual reproduction. Examples of diploid cells are blood, muscle and skin cells.

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Diploid cells are organisms that consist of two copies of each chromosome, typically one inherited from the mother and another from the father. Diploid cells reproduce by a type of cell division called mitosis that takes place in the nucleus. It results in two daughter cells that have the same quantity and type of chromosomes as the parent nucleus.

Diploid cells comprise the majority of cells in the human body, and have twice the number of chromosomes as haploid cells, which are the gametes used in sexual reproduction. There is a total of 46 chromosomes in each human diploid cell, including skin, muscle and blood cells.

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