Definition of telomere in English:

telomere

noun

Genetics
  • A compound structure at the end of a chromosome.

    • ‘It has long been thought that the grouping of telomeres is important for chromosome pairing and subsequent synapsis.’
    • ‘Which chromosomes have the shortest telomeres depends only on telomere length in the original parent mice.’
    • ‘In normal somatic cells, the telomeres shorten with replicative age, and telomerase is not detected.’
    • ‘These two genes are tightly linked to the left telomere of the X chromosome.’
    • ‘Without telomeres, the chromosomes would ‘fray’ when the cells divided.’

Origin

1940s: from Greek telos end + meros part.

Pronunciation:

telomere

/ˈtiːlə(ʊ)mɪə/