adjective Genetics.
of or pertaining 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.

1940–45; acro- + -centric Unabridged
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acrocentric (ˌækrəʊˈsɛntrɪk)
1.  (of a chromosome) having the centromere at one end
2.  an acrocentric chromosome

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acrocentric ac·ro·cen·tric (āk'rō-sěn'trĭk)
Having the centromere located near one end of the chromosome so that one chromosomal arm is long and the other is short.

ac'ro·cen'tric n.
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Only certain chromosomes, called acrocentric chromosomes, are capable of participating in this kind of translocation.
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