Definition of kinetochore in English:


Syllabification: ki·ne·to·chore
Pronunciation: /kəˈnetəˌkôr, -ˈnētə-


  • another term for centromere.
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    • In metaphase, sister kinetochores attach to microtubules emanating from opposite spindle pole bodies during alignment of the chromosomes.
    • Chromosome loss may be the result of either non-attachment of the chromosome kinetochore to the spindle microtubules or chromosome lagging at anaphase and gives rise to a micronucleus.
    • The DNA is asymmetrically distributed to the daughter cells when the kinetochores do not attach and the spindle checkpoint does not restrain mitosis.


mid 20th century: from kineto- 'of movement' + Greek khōros 'place'.

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