centromere

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From German Centromer, corresponding to centro- + Ancient Greek μέρος (meros, part).

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centromere (plural centromeres)

  1. (genetics) The central region of a eukaryotic chromosome where the kinetochore is assembled.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2000, p. 16:
      Every chromosome has a long arm and a short arm separated by a pinch point known as a centromere.

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