Definition of plectonemic in English:

plectonemic

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or designating a structure formed by two or more similar helices coiled together side by side in such a way that they cannot be fully separated without being unwound.

Origin

1940s. From ancient Greek πλεκτός twisted + νῆμα thread + -ic.

Pronunciation

plectonemic

/ˌplɛktə(ʊ)ˈniːmɪk/