Definition of Metacentric

1. Adjective. Of or relating to the metacenter.

Category relationships: Ship Building, Shipbuilding
Partainyms: Metacenter
Derivative terms: Metacenter

2. Adjective. Having two equal arms because of the median position of the centromere. "A metacentric chromosome"
Partainyms: Centromere

Definition of Metacentric

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to a metacenter ¹

2. Adjective. (genetics) (''of a chromosome'') Having the centromere approximately in the middle, such that the two arms are of similar length ¹

3. Noun. A metacentric chromosome ¹

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Definition of Metacentric

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Medical Definition of Metacentric

1. Descriptive of a chromosome that has its centromere (kinetochore) at or near the middle of the chromosome, as opposed to acrocentric with the centromere near one end. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Metacentric

metacarpal veins
metacarpohypothenar reflex
metacarpophalangeal articulations
metacarpophalangeal joint
metacarpophalangeal joints
metacarpothenar reflex
metacentric (current term)
metacentric chromosome
metacentric stability

Literary usage of Metacentric

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The following table contains particulars of the metacentric heights of different kinds of vessels of war, and the corresponding time of an oscillation in ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Curve of stability of a high-sided ship, having small metacentric height. The vertical line lo left shows the various lengths of d, and the horizontal line ..."

3. Know Your Own Ship: A Simple Explanation of the Stability, Trim by Thomas Walton (1899)
"Similar metacentric Heights at Different Draughts—Wind Pressure—Amount and ... That metacentric height alone is no guarantee for a vessel's stability. 2. ..."

4. Theoretical Naval Architecture: A Treatise on the Calculations Involved in by Samuel James Pope Thearle (1877)
"metacentric Curves—Curves of Statical and Dynamical Stability— Specimen Calculations—The Body Plan—Measuring the Ordi- natea—Preliminary Tables—Combination ..."

5. A Treatise on the Stability of Ships by Edward James Reed (1885)
"... metacentric an Evolute of which the Curve of Buoyancy is the ... Descent of metacentric and Increase of Stability—Distinction between "Curve of ..."

6. A Manual of Naval Architecture for Use of Officers of the Royal Navy by William Henry White (1900)
"Where WL cuts WjW^Wg draw the vertical BWM; the intersection of this vertical with the metacentric curve gives the position M of the ..."

7. The Dynamics of the Airplane by Kenneth Powers Williams (1921)
"They envelop a curve, called the metacentric curve. For the angles of attack that are used, this curve is concave to the front, ..."

8. Handbook of Ship Calculations, Construction and Operation: A Book of by Charles Haynes Hughes (1917)
"TABLE OF metacentric HEIGHTS Type of Ship Harbor vessels, as tugs Small cruisers Battleships Shallow draft gunboats for river use. ..."

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