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heterochromatin

[ het-er-uh-kroh-muh-tin ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈkroʊ mə tɪn /
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noun Genetics.

the dense, highly stainable part of a chromosome.

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Compare euchromatin.

Origin of heterochromatin

First recorded in 1930–35; hetero- + chromatin
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British Dictionary definitions for heterochromatin

heterochromatin
/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˈkrəʊmətɪn) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for heterochromatin

heterochromatin
[ hĕt′ə-rō-krōmə-tĭn ]

n.

The part of the chromonema that remains tightly coiled and condensed during interphase and thus stains readily.
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