homologous chromosomes


pl n

two chromosomes, one of paternal origin, the other of maternal origin, that are identical in appearance and pair during meiosis

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Cultural definitions for homologous chromosomes

homologous chromosomes
[ (huh-mol-uh-guhs) ]

A pair of matching chromosomes in an organism, with one being inherited from each parent.

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