Adjective "acrocentric" definition and examples

(Acrocentric may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˌakrə(ʊ)ˈsɛntrɪk/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Of a chromosome: having the centromere close to one end, so that one arm is much shorter than the other Compare "metacentric", "telocentric".

    noun

    An acrocentric chromosome.

      More definitions

      1. of or relating to any chromosome or chromatid whose centromere is closer to one end than to the other, creating two unequal chromosome arms.Compare acentric (def 2), metacentric (def 2), telocentric.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "chromosomes can be acrocentric."

      Origin

      1940s. From acro- + -centric.