(in genetics) a chromosome or fragment of a chromosome that has no centromere. Since acentrics cannot attach to the spindle they are usually lost during cell division. They are often found in cells damaged by radiation.
acentric adj.

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  • Acentric — A*cen tric, a. [Gr. a priv. + ? a point, a center.] Not centered; without a center. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acentric — ACÉNTRIC, Ă adj. (despre cromozomi) 1. nedispus în centru. 2. lipsit de centromere. (< fr. acentrique) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • acentric — Lacking a center; in cytogenetics, denoting a chromosome fragment without a centromere. [G. a priv. + kentron, center] * * * acen·tric ( )ā sen trik adj lacking a centromere <acentric chromosomes> * * * n. (in …   Medical dictionary

  • acentric — adjective Date: 1937 lacking a centromere < acentric chromosomes > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acentric — adjective 1. lacking a centromere an acentric chromosome fragment • Pertains to noun: ↑centromere 2. not centered or having no center • Similar to: ↑eccentric, ↑nonconcentric …   Useful english dictionary

  • acentric — adj. [Gr. a, without; kentrol, center] Pertaining to not being centered; lacking a centromere when referring to a chromosome or chromosome fragment …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • acentric — Descriptive of pieces of chromosome that lack a centromere …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • acentric — /ay sen trik/, adj. 1. not centered; having no center. 2. Genetics. of or pertaining to a chromosome or chromatid that lacks a centromere. Cf. acrocentric, metacentric, telocentric. [1850 55; A 6 + CENTRIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • acentric — adjective Not centered; without a center …   Wiktionary

  • acentric — adj. lacking a center …   English contemporary dictionary