chromosome number


noun Genetics.

the characteristic number of chromosomes contained in the cell nucleus of a given species.

Origin of chromosome number

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for chromosome number

chromosome number


noun

the number of chromosomes present in each somatic cell, which is constant for any one species of plant or animal. In the reproductive cells this number is halvedSee also diploid (def. 1), haploid
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