Definitions for "Short Tandem Repeats"
short repeating units of identical chemical sequences arranged in direct succession in a particular region of the DNA.
Patterns in the DNA sequence which repeat over and over again in tandem, i.e., right after each other. Typically the repeat motif is less than six (6) base pairs long. By counting the repeats, one gets an allele value which is given in an individual's haplotype. They are also called microsatellites and Simple Sequence Repeats (SSRs).
Small regions of the DNA that contain short segments (usually 2, 3, 4, or 5 bases long), repeated several times in tandem (side-by-side).