modal number

modal number

[′mōd·əl ‚nəm·bər]
(genetics)
The typical chromosome number of a taxonomic group.
The common chromosome number of a tumor cell population.
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Some of ``Skaravan'' (Hannibal/Ryko) is a bit reminiscent of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a mirth-filled outfit that takes be-bop and even modal numbers and renders them New Orleans-style.