microsatellite

noun mi·cro·sat·el·lite \ ˌmī-krō-ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of microsatellite

: any of numerous short segments of DNA that are distributed throughout the genome, that consist of repeated sequences of usually two to five nucleotides, and that tend to vary from one individual to another

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1989

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microsatellite

noun mi·cro·sat·el·lite \ -ˈsat-ᵊl-ˌīt \

medical Definition of microsatellite

: any of numerous short segments of DNA that are distributed throughout the genome, that consist of repeated sequences of usually two to five nucleotides, and that are often useful markers in studies of genetic linkage because they tend to vary from one individual to another — compare minisatellite

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