Definition of minisatellite in English:

minisatellite

Pronunciation /ˌmɪnɪˈsatəlʌɪt/ /ˌmɪnɪˈsat(ə)lʌɪt/

noun

Genetics
  • Any segment of DNA consisting of a short sequence of nucleotides (typically 10 to 60 base pairs) repeated several to many times. Compare "microsatellite", "satellite".

    Extreme variability in the overall length (number of repeats) of minisatellites provides the basis for DNA fingerprinting in animals and plants.

Origin

1980s. From mini- + satellite.