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Definition: A complex body, spherical or rod-shaped, that becomes visible following condensation of the nuclear material during mitosis, and carries a part of the organism's genetic information as genes composed of DNA associated with proteins; comprises a single centromere and all chromatin physically connected to that centromere.
Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.