heterochromatin

noun
het·​ero·​chro·​ma·​tin | \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈkrō-mə-tən How to pronounce heterochromatin (audio) \

Definition of heterochromatin

: densely staining chromatin that appears as nodules in or along chromosomes and contains relatively few genes

Other Words from heterochromatin

heterochromatic \ ˌhe-​tə-​rō-​krə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce heterochromatin (audio) \ adjective

Examples of heterochromatin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, scientists couldn’t sequence heterochromatin, so despite the celebratory hubbub and champagne toasts, almost 10% of the genome went unsequenced. Quanta Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of heterochromatin

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterochromatin

German

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“Heterochromatin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterochromatin. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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heterochromatin

noun
het·​ero·​chro·​ma·​tin | \ -ˈkrō-mət-ən How to pronounce heterochromatin (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterochromatin

: densely staining chromatin that appears as nodules in or along chromosomes and contains relatively few genes

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