[ ak-ruh-sen-trik ]
/ ˌæk rəˈsɛn trɪk /

adjective Genetics.

of or relating to any chromosome or chromatid whose centromere is closer to one end than to the other, creating two unequal chromosome arms.Compare acentric(def 2), metacentric(def 2), telocentric.

Origin of acrocentric

First recorded in 1940–45; acro- + -centric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for acrocentric


/ (ˌækrəʊˈsɛntrɪk) /


(of a chromosome) having the centromere at one end


an acrocentric chromosome
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Medicine definitions for acrocentric


[ ăk′rō-sĕntrĭk ]


Having the centromere located near one end of the chromosome so that one chromosomal arm is long and the other is short.

Related forms

ac′ro•centric n.
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