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spireme

[spahy-reem] /ˈspaɪ rim/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
the threadlike chromatin of a cell nucleus, present during early meiosis or mitosis.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Greek speírēma coil, equivalent to speirē-, variant stem of speirâsthai to be coiled around + -ma noun suffix of result
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spireme

/ˈspaɪriːm/
noun
1.
(cytology) the tangled mass of chromatin threads into which the nucleus of a cell is resolved at the start of mitosis
Word Origin
C19: from Greek speirēma a coil, from speira a coil, spire²
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