from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Either of a pair of chromosomes in diploid cells, or a single chromosome in haploid cells, carrying genes that determine the sex and sex-linked characteristics of an organism. Most mammals, including humans, have one pair of sex chromosomes in diploid cells, designated XX in females and XY in males.
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- noun genetics either of a
pairof chromosomes (in most animalsand plants) whose combinationdetermines the sexual characteristicsof an individual.
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- noun (genetics) a chromosome that determines the sex of an individual
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