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chromatid

Pronunciation: kro'ma-tid

Definition: Each of the two strands formed by longitudinal duplication of a chromosome that becomes visible during prophase of mitosis or meiosis; the two chromatids are joined by the still undivided centromere; after the centromere has divided at metaphase and the two chromatids have separated, each chromatid becomes a chromosome.

[G. chroma, color, + -id (2),]

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