polytene

adjective
poly·​tene | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌtēn How to pronounce polytene (audio) \

Definition of polytene

: relating to, being, or having chromosomes each of which consists of many strands with the corresponding chromomeres in contact

Other Words from polytene

polyteny \ ˈpä-​lē-​ˌtē-​nē How to pronounce polytene (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of polytene

1935, in the meaning defined above

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

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polytene

adjective
poly·​tene | \ ˈpäl-i-ˌtēn How to pronounce polytene (audio) \

Medical Definition of polytene

: relating to, being, or having chromosomes each of which consists of many strands with the corresponding chromomeres in contact

Other Words from polytene

polyteny \ -​ˌtē-​nē How to pronounce polytene (audio) \ noun, plural polytenies

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