polytene

adjective

denoting a type of giant-size chromosome consisting of many replicated genes in parallel, found esp in Drosophila larvae

Nearby words

  1. polysynthesis,
  2. polysynthesism,
  3. polysynthetic,
  4. polytechnic,
  5. polytendinitis,
  6. polytene chromosome,
  7. polytetrafluoroethylene,
  8. polytheism,
  9. polytheist,
  10. polytheistic

Word Origin for polytene

C20: from poly- + Greek taenia band

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