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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ban′ding


  1. The process of differential staining of (usually) metaphase chromosomes of cells to reveal the characteristic patterns of bands that permit identification of individual chromosomes and recognition of missing segments; each of the 22 pairs of human chromosomes and the X and Y chromosomes has an identifying banding pattern.
  2. Placement of a constrictive or restrictive ligature about a vessel or viscus.
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