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karyotype

n.

1. the chromosomal constitution of a cell, including the number of chromosomes, their structural features, and any abnormalities.

2. a photograph of an individual’s chromosomes that shows them in an ordered, numbered array. Karyotype testing is used clinically to look for chromosome alterations and mutations. It is also used for forensic comparison of genetic material from different sources. See also chromosomal map.

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