noun, plural chro·mo·ne·ma·ta [kroh-muh-nee-muh-tuh] /ˌkroʊ məˈni mə tə/. Genetics.
  1. a chromosome thread that is relatively uncoiled at early prophase but assumes a spiral form at metaphase.

Origin of chromonema

1920–25; chromo- + Greek nêma thread
Related formschro·mo·ne·mat·ic [kroh-muh-nuh-mat-ik, -nee-] /ˌkroʊ mə nəˈmæt ɪk, -ni-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chromonema


noun plural -mata (-mətə) cytology
  1. the coiled mass of threads visible within a nucleus at the start of cell division
  2. a coiled chromatin thread within a single chromosome
Derived Formschromonemal, chromonematic (ˌkrəʊməʊnɪˈmætɪk) or chromonemic, adjective

Word Origin for chromonema

C20: from chromo- + Greek nēma thread, yarn
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chromonema in Medicine


n. pl. chro•mo•ne•ma•ta (-mə-tə)
  1. The coiled filament that extends the entire length of a chromosome and on which the genes are located.
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