Definitions for "Microsatellite"
A repetitive stretch of short DNA sequences that occur in increased numbers in cancer cells.
A class of repetitive DNA sequences that are made up of tandemly organized repeats that are 2-8 nucleotides in length. They can be highly polymorphic and are frequently used as molecular markers in population genetics studies.
A type of genetic marker that consists of numerous repeats of short sequences of DNA bases. Microsatellites are currently the marker of choice for population studies, selective breeding, etc., because they are found at loci throughout the animal’s DNA and have a likelihood of being highly polymorphic (see below).