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multi- +‎ chimera


multichimera (plural multichimeras)

  1. (genetics) A chimera containing genetically distinct cells originating from three or more zygotes.
    • 2004, Jules Hoffmann, Primitive Immune Systems - Issue 198, page 31:
      The formation of Botryllus multichimeras sets the 'group level' (the assemblage of several genotypes into one unified entity) as the key level at which natural selection acts.
    • 2006, Rusty Morrison & ‎Ken Edward Keegan, ParaSpheres: Extending Beyond the Spheres of Literary and Genre Fiction, →ISBN:
      Around the time of the events that led to your birth, there was no longer anything new even about multichimeras.
    • 2009, Baruch Rinkevich & Valeria Matranga, Stem Cells in Marine Organisms, →ISBN, page 12:
      However, it was suggested that potentially losing genotypes (defined as such in bi-chimeras scenario) might survive in multichimera entities as stem cells in refugia and successfully propagate to succeeding generations.
  2. (physics) A complex spatiotemporal pattern consisting of multiple coexisting domains of synchronized dynamics within a domain of incoherent dynamics, produced by a system of nonlocally coupled oscillators.
    • 2016, Amitava Banerjee, Muktish Acharyya, “Synchronized, Chimera and Multichimera States in Simple Cellular Automata Model of Coupled Oscillators”, in arXiv[1]:
      The multichimera state is shown to have a power law distribution of synchronized cluster sizes, whose exponent is found to be independent of the system parameters..