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[kar-ee-uh-tahyp] /ˈkær i əˌtaɪp/
noun, Genetics.
the chromosomes of a cell, usually displayed as a systematized arrangement of chromosome pairs in descending order of size.
Origin of karyotype
First recorded in 1925-30; karyo- + type
Related forms
[kar-ee-uh-tip-ik] /ˌkær i əˈtɪp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
karyotypical, adjective Unabridged
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the appearance of the chromosomes in a somatic cell of an individual or species, with reference to their number, size, shape, etc
verb (transitive)
to determine the karyotype of (a cell)
Derived Forms
karyotypic (ˌkærɪəˈtɪpɪk), karyotypical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for karyotype

1929, ultimately from Russian kariotip (1922); see karyo- + type.

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karyotype in Medicine

karyotype kar·y·o·type (kār'ē-ə-tīp')

  1. The characterization of the chromosomal complement of an individual or a species, including number, form, and size of the chromosomes.

  2. A photomicrograph of chromosomes arranged according to a standard classification.

v. kar·y·o·typed, kar·y·o·typ·ing, kar·y·o·types
To classify and array the chromosome complement of an organism or a species according to the arrangement, number, size, shape, or other characteristics of the chromosomes.
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karyotype in Science
Noun  An organized visual profile of the chromosomes in the nucleus of a body cell of an organism. Karyotypes are prepared using cells in the metaphase stage of cell division, when chromosomal strands have coiled together and duplicated, rendering them easily visible under a microscope after staining. Photomicrographs of the stained chromosomes are then arranged in a standard format according to size, the relative position of the centromere, and other criteria. The normal human karyotype consists of 46 chromosomes.

Verb  To prepare the karyotype of an organism.
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karyotype in Culture
karyotype [(kar-ee-uh-teyep)]

The complete set of chromosomes that constitutes the entire genome of a species. The human karyotype contains forty-six chromosomes, twenty-three from each parent. This set is contained in the nucleus of almost every cell in the body

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