Does each and every cell in the human body (minus red blood cells) contain 46 chromosones?  I understand there is 46 chromosones in a human body, so how much is in each? How does it work??

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Every species is characterised by a specific number of chromosomes in the somatic cells. For example, onion cell has 6 pairs of chromosomes.

But if we talk about the human cells, there are 23 pairs or 46 chromosomes. Out of this set of 23 pairs/46 chromosomes, 22 pairs (or 44) chromosomes are called as autosomes. The remaining one pair is of the sex chromosomes (as we know, in males this is XY and in females it is XX).

It is to be noted here that the 23 pairs/46 chromosomes...

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