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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The most condensed and constricted region of a chromosome, to which the spindle fiber is attached during mitosis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The central region of a eukaryotic chromosome where the kinetochore is assembled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a specialized condensed region of a chromosomes that appears during mitosis where the chromatids are held together to form an X shape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a specialized condensed region of each chromosome that appears during mitosis where the chromatids are held together to form an X shape

Etymologies

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

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