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Involving or relating to the formation of a metacentric chromosome from two heterologous acrocentric chromosomes by the fusion of their centromeres with the loss of the short arm of each parent chromosome.
1940s; earliest use found in Evolution. From the name of William R. B. Robertson, U.S. biologist, who first described such translocations in 1916 ( Jrnl. Morphol 27 220) + -ian, after French robertsonien.
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