Relating to or having large chromosomes formed by repeated DNA replication and consisting of many chromatids side by side.
Origin of polytenepoly– + Latin taenia, band (from Greek tainia, ribbon; see ten- in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more polytene, superlative most polytene)
- (molecular biology) Having very large chromosomes with many strands
- (molecular biology) A very large chromosome with many strands; a chromosome exhibiting polyteny
poly- +"Ž -tene