Definition of chromatin in English:


Line breaks: chro¦ma|tin
Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊmətɪn


[mass noun] Biology
  • The material of which the chromosomes of organisms other than bacteria (i.e. eukaryotes) are composed, consisting of protein, RNA, and DNA.
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    • The structure of chromatin is intimately linked to the function of the eukaryotic genome.
    • Under normal conditions equal amounts of the four core histones are incorporated into chromatin.
    • The de novo assembly of silent chromatin requires passage through the S phase of the cell cycle.


late 19th century: coined in German from Greek khrōma, khrōmat- 'colour'.

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