- the dense, highly stainable part of a chromosome.
Origin of heterochromatin
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- the condensed part of a chromosome that stains strongly with basic dyes in nondividing cells and has little genetic activityCompare euchromatin
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- The part of the chromonema that remains tightly coiled and condensed during interphase and thus stains readily.
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