polycentric

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adjective poly·cen·tric \ -ˈsen-trik \

Definition of polycentric

:having more than one center (as of development or control): such as
a :having several centromeres
  • polycentric chromosomes
b :characterized by polycentrism

First Known Use of polycentric

1887


Medical Dictionary

polycentric

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adjective poly·cen·tric \ ˌpäl-i-ˈsen-trik \

medical Definition of polycentric

:having several centromeres
  • polycentric chromosomes
— compare monocentric

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