Chromatin (noun)

The complex of DNA and proteins that make up chromosomes, which carry genetic information in cells.


From greek khroma "color" + -in.


  1. The chromatin in the nucleus of a cell contains genetic information in the form of DNA.
  2. Scientists are studying how chromatin structure is related to gene expression.
  3. The chromatin in the egg cell determines the traits of the offspring.
  4. Some drugs target chromatin to prevent cancer cells from dividing.
  5. Chromatin remodeling is a process that changes the structure of chromatin to affect gene expression.
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