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pachytene

[pak-i-teen] /ˈpæk ɪ tin/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
the third stage of prophase in meiosis, during which each chromosome pair separates into sister chromatids with some breakage and crossing over of genes.
Also, pachynema
[pak-uh-nee-muh] /ˌpæk əˈni mə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
< French pachytène (1900), equivalent to Greek pachý(s) thick + -tène -tene
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pachytene

/ˈpækɪˌtiːn/
noun
1.
the third stage of the prophase of meiosis during which the chromosomes become shorter and thicker and divide into chromatids
Word Origin
from Greek pakhus thick + tainia band
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pachytene in Medicine

pachytene pach·y·tene (pāk'ĭ-tēn')
n.
The third stage of the prophase of meiosis during which the homologous chromosomes become short and thick and divide into four distinct chromatids.

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