karyotype

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karyotype kar·y·o·type (kār'ē-ə-tīp')
n.

  1. The characterization of the chromosomal complement of an individual or a species, including number, form, and size of the chromosomes.

  2. A photomicrograph of chromosomes arranged according to a standard classification.

v. kar·y·o·typed, kar·y·o·typ·ing, kar·y·o·types
To classify and array the chromosome complement of an organism or a species according to the arrangement, number, size, shape, or other characteristics of the chromosomes.
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