telocentric chromosome

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Related to telocentric chromosome: acrocentric, acrocentric chromosome, metacentric chromosome
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Noun1.telocentric chromosome - a chromosome like a straight rod with the centromere in terminal position
chromosome - a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order; "humans have 22 chromosome pairs plus two sex chromosomes"
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Females of the three species show a chromosome complement of 44 telocentric chromosomes, with a similar karyotype.
Essentially, their involvement becomes apparent when a metacentric in one complement is replaced by two acro- or telocentric chromosomes in another, though that observation does not in itself distinguish between the two processes.