100 important words: chromosome

Means: threadlike bodies that carry genes in a linear order. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes.
Review: Not sure why this made the list, but "DNA" did not. Of little use outside the realm of genetics.
First Google link is to dictionary: No, to a Wikipedia entry, a good sign that the concept, rather than the word, is important.
Example: During the debate, the candidate suggested that his opponent was lacking a chromosome.
Hits for media sites:

Washington Post271
New York Times549
USA Today123
Fox News36

Posted by cronopio at 11:25 AM, September 12, 2006