One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group or set of four.‘a tetrad of distinct elements’
- ‘Sterile plants produce microspores aborted in tetrads, no visible pollen shed, and parthenocarpic pods bearing no seeds.’
- ‘Early in meiosis, each pair of homologs comes together to form a tetrad containing two pairs of sister chromatids.’
- ‘Two-thirds of the tetrads gave rise to four normally growing spores and one spore that formed a microcolony of 10 cells.’
- ‘In both strains, haploid phenotypes from tetrads yielding four viable spores may be used to measure the strength of crossover interference.’
- ‘Early microsporogenesis events are important to establish the shape of the tetrad, the polarity within the tetrad and consequently to determine the aperture pattern of the pollen grain.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek tetras, tetrad- ‘four, a group of four’.
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