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Applied to a chromosome in which the centromere is located nearer to one end than to the other. During the anaphase stage of cell division, movement of an acrocentric chromosome towards one pole results in the chromosome being shaped like a ‘J’, as opposed to the normal ‘V’ shape of a metacentric chromosome (in which the centromere is in the middle).

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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