Definition of chromatin
: a complex chiefly of DNA and histone in eukaryotic cells that is usually dispersed in the interphase nucleus and condensed into chromosomes in mitosis and meiosis and in which the nucleosome makes up its repeating subunits In eukaryotes, the DNA interacts with the histone proteins to form a tightly packed superstructure known as chromatin. — Isao Tanaka et al. — see cell illustration — compare euchromatin, heterochromatin, nucleosome
chromatinicplay \ˌkrō-mə-ˈti-nik\ adjective
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Between those boundary points, those clusters of insulating proteins, the chromatin strand can loop up and over like the ribbon in a birthday bow, allowing genetic elements distributed along the ribbon to touch and interact with one another.
This raises another question: what determines the chromatin code?
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Medical Definition of chromatin
: a complex of a nucleic acid with basic proteins (as histone) in eukaryotic cells that is usually dispersed in the interphase nucleus and condensed into chromosomes in mitosis and meiosis
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