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1. Of or relating to a metacenter.
2. Genetics Having the centromere in the median position so that the arms are of equal length. Used of a chromosome.
A metacentric chromosome.

met′a·cen·tric′i·ty (-sĕn-trĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(ˌmɛt əˈsɛn trɪk)

(of a chromosome) having the centromere positioned at the center and thereby having the two arms of equal length.
met`a•cen•tric′i•ty (-ˈtrɪs ɪ ti) n.
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Adj.1.metacentric - of or relating to the metacentermetacentric - of or relating to the metacenter  
ship building, shipbuilding - the construction of ships
2.metacentric - having two equal arms because of the median position of the centromere; "a metacentric chromosome"
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In those that appeared more separated into mitotic metaphases, the chromosomes were either metacentric or submetacentric and small (1.
Three types of B chromosomes were identified: a subtelocentric B (BST), a metacentric B chromosome (BT) and a small B minichromosome (BM).
spadiceus, described by Lima and Langguth 2002); both karyomorphs differ in the 19th pair, with metacentric chromosomes in the former and acrocentric in the second one.
To ensure accuracy of the design criteria, a retired naval architect reviewed the guidelines and provided feedback regarding calculations for the scale of the ship designs, basket rate, metacentric height (stability), and roll period (time it takes the boat to tilt left a specified number of degrees, then right the same amount of degrees, and finally return to stable).
The first two or three chromosome pairs usually are metacentric, metacentric--submetacentric or submetacentric.
The complement includes seven pairs of large and medium-sized metacentric, five pairs of submetacentric (the first two are the largest elements of the set), two pairs of subtelocentric (the first pair is among the largest in the set, the others are of medium size) and eight pairs of small acrocentric autosomes.
In the Cyprinodontina, the typical karyotype comprises one small metacentric pair of chromosomes and 23 submetacentric-subtelocentric or acrocentric pairs.
The chromosomes were classified as metacentric (m), submetacentric (sm) subtelocentric (st) and acrocentric (a) according to Levan et al.
The chromosomes were classified as metacentric, submetacentric, acrocentric or telocentric based on the ratio between the arms (r) and centromere index (ic), which was proposed by Guerra (1986).
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2) in which nine pairs were metacentric and the remaining three pairs were submetacentric (Table 1).