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Consisting of many filaments of chromatin as the result of repeated division of chromonemata without separation of filaments.
polytene/poly·tene/ (pol´ĭ-tēn) composed of or containing many strands of chromatin (chromonemata).
Relating to or having large chromosomes formed by repeated DNA replication and consisting of many chromatids side by side.
polytene(pŏl′ĕ-tēn) [″ + tainia, band]
Composed of many filaments of chromatin.