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 tainiā 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