heterochromatin

noun het·ero·chro·ma·tin \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈkrō-mə-tən \

Definition of heterochromatin

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

heterochromatic

play \ˌhe-tə-rō-krə-ˈma-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of heterochromatin

German


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heterochromatin

noun het·ero·chro·ma·tin \ -ˈkrō-mət-ən \

medical Definition of heterochromatin

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

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