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karyotype

Pronunciation: kar'e-o-tip

Definition: The chromosome characteristics of an individual cell or of a cell line arranged in descending order of size and according to the position of the centromere. Usually presented as a systematized array of metaphase chromosomes from a photomicrograph of a single cell nucleus.

Synonym(s): idiogram1, karyogram

[karyo- + G. typos, model]

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