polytene chromosome

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polytene chromosome

[′päl·i‚tēn ′krō·mə‚sōm]
(genetics)
A giant, multistranded, chromosome produced by multiple sounds of endoreduplication and thus composed of many copies of the parental chromosome pair having their chromomeres in register. Also known as Balbiani chromosome.
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