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Tightly coiled chromosomal material that stains deeply during interphase and is believed to be genetically inactive.
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(Biology) the condensed part of a chromosome that stains strongly with basic dyes in nondividing cells and has little genetic activity. Compare euchromatin
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het•er•o•chro•ma•tin(ˌhɛt ər əˈkroʊ mə tɪn)
the dense, highly stainable part of a chromosome.
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