|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||cytology the association in pairs of homologous chromosomes at the start of meiosis|
|2.||another word for synapse|
|[C19: from New Latin, from Greek sunapsis junction, from sunaptein to join together, from |
synapsis syn·ap·sis (sĭ-nāp'sĭs)
n. pl. syn·ap·ses (-sēz)
The side-by-side association of homologous paternal and maternal chromosomes during early meiotic prophase.