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polytene chromosome

 

Definition: a stage of chromosome division that forms the giant chromosome found in the salivary gland of dipterous insects; the great width is the result of repeated divisions of the chromonema without subsequent lengthwise separation of the filaments.

Synonym(s): giant chromosome1

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