Descriptive of a chromosome that has its centromere (kinetochore) at or near the middle of the chromosome, as opposed to acrocentric with the centromere near one end.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • Metacentric — could refer to: Metacentric height: the distance between the center of gravity of a ship and its metacenter. Metacentric Centromere: the position of a centromere on a chromatid This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same… …   Wikipedia

  • metacentric — METACÉNTRIC, Ă, metacentrici, ce, adj. (mar.) Referitor la metacentru, de metacentru. – Din fr. métacentrique. Trimis de LauraGellner, 28.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  METACÉNTRIC, Ă adj. Referitor la metacentru. [gen. iei. / < fr. métacentrique].… …   Dicționar Român

  • metacentric — Having the centromere about equidistant from the extremities, said of a chromosome. [meta + G. kentron, circle] * * * meta·cen·tric .met ə sen trik adj having the centromere medially situated so that the two chromosomal arms are of roughly equal… …   Medical dictionary

  • metacentric — adjective Date: 1798 1. of or relating to a metacenter 2. having the centromere medially situated so that the two chromosomal arms are of roughly equal length • metacentric noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metacentric — n. a chromosome in which the centromere is at or near the centre of the chromosome. Derivatives: metacentric adj …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • metacentric — adjective 1. of or relating to the metacenter • Pertains to noun: ↑metacenter • Derivationally related forms: ↑metacenter • Topics: ↑shipbuilding, ↑ship building 2. having two equal arms because of the median position of the …   Useful english dictionary

  • metacentric — a chromosome having the centromere located at or near the middle …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • metacentric — adj. [Gr. meta, after; kentron, center of circle] Having the centromere situated along the chromosome, except at or near the tip, e.g., J or V shaped in metaphase; see telocentric, acrocentric …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • metacentric — metacentricity /met euh sen tris i tee/, n. /met euh sen trik/, adj. 1. Naval Archit. of or pertaining to a metacenter. 2. Genetics. of or pertaining to any chromosome or chromatid whose centromere is centrally located, creating two apparently… …   Universalium

  • metacentric — 1. adjective a) Of or pertaining to a metacenter b) (of a chromosome) Having the centromere approximately in the middle, such that the two arms are of similar length 2. noun Such a chromosome …   Wiktionary

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