[ met-uh-sen-trik ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈsɛn trɪk /


Naval Architecture. of or relating to a metacenter.
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.

Origin of metacentric

OTHER WORDS FROM metacentric

met·a·cen·tric·i·ty [met-uh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌmɛt ə sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for metacentric

[ mĕt′ə-sĕntrĭk ]


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


A metacentric chromosome.
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