Y chromosome

noun

Definition of Y chromosome 

: a sex chromosome that is characteristic of male cells in species in which the male typically has two unlike sex chromosomes — compare x chromosome

First Known Use of Y chromosome

1911, in the meaning defined above

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Y chromosome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Y chromosome

biology : a chromosome that is found with the X chromosome in the cells of male mammals and that is absent from the cells of female mammals

Y chromosome

noun
\ˈwī- \

Medical Definition of Y chromosome 

: a sex chromosome that is characteristic of male cells in species in which the male typically has two unlike sex chromosomes — compare x chromosome

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