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  1. Naval Architecture. of or relating to a metacenter.
  2. Genetics. of or relating to any chromosome or chromatid whose centromere is centrally located, creating two apparently equal chromosome arms.Compare acentric(def 2), acrocentric, telocentric.
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Origin of metacentric

Related formsmet·a·cen·tric·i·ty [met-uh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌmɛt ə sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The measure of stability is expressed in inches of metacentric height.

    The Submarine in War and Peace

    Simon Lake

  • Round the top of the scale, at D, are engraved four different draughts, and under these are the metacentric heights.

  • The metacentric height of a vessel is a term used in naval architecture to express the stability of the ship.

metacentric in Medicine


  1. Having the centromere of a chromosome in the median position so that the arms are of equal length.
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  1. A metacentric chromosome.
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