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chromonema

[kroh-muh-nee-muh] /ˌkroʊ məˈni mə/
noun, plural chromonemata
[kroh-muh-nee-muh-tuh] /ˌkroʊ məˈni mə tə/ (Show IPA).
Genetics.
1.
a chromosome thread that is relatively uncoiled at early prophase but assumes a spiral form at metaphase.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; chromo- + Greek nêma thread
Related forms
chromonematic
[kroh-muh-nuh-mat-ik, -nee-] /ˌkroʊ mə nəˈmæt ɪk, -ni-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chromonematic

chromonema

/ˌkrəʊməˈniːmə/
noun (cytology) (pl) -mata (-mətə)
1.
the coiled mass of threads visible within a nucleus at the start of cell division
2.
a coiled chromatin thread within a single chromosome
Derived Forms
chromonemal, chromonematic (ˌkrəʊməʊnɪˈmætɪk), chromonemic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from chromo- + Greek nēma thread, yarn
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chromonematic in Medicine

chromonema chro·mo·ne·ma (krō'mə-nē'mə)
n. pl. chro·mo·ne·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
The coiled filament that extends the entire length of a chromosome and on which the genes are located.

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