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

Definition of kinetochore in English:


Another term for centromere.
Example sentences
  • 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.


1930s: from kineto- 'of movement' + Greek khōros 'place'.

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