y chromosome

y chro·mo·some
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wahy kroh-muh-sohm]
    • /waɪ ˈkroʊ məˌsoʊm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wahy kroh-muh-sohm]
    • /waɪ ˈkroʊ məˌsoʊm/

Definitions of y chromosome words

  • noun y chromosome a sex chromosome of humans and most mammals that is present only in males and is paired with an X chromosome. 1
  • noun y chromosome sex chromosome present in males 1
  • countable noun y chromosome A Y chromosome is the chromosome in a man's cells which will produce a male baby if it joins with a female's X chromosome. Y chromosomes are associated with male characteristics. Compare X chromosome. 0
  • noun y chromosome the sex chromosome that occurs as one of a pair with the X-chromosome in the diploid cells of the males of many animals, including humans 0
  • noun y chromosome (genetics) A mammalian sex chromosome, occurring only in male cells. Cells of females have a pair of X chromosomes while cells of males have an X and a Y. 0

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Origin of y chromosome

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
First recorded in 1920-25

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Parts of speech for Y chromosome


y chromosome popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 6% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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Synonyms for y chromosome

noun y chromosome

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