Definition of polytenize in English:

polytenize

(also polytenise)

verb

Biology
  • 1no object To undergo polytenization.

  • 2with object To subject to polytenization; to make polytene.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. From polytene + -ize, after polytenization.

Pronunciation

polytenize

/ˌpɒlɪˈtiːnʌɪz/