|the magnitude of a star as it would appear to a hypothetical observer at a distance of 10 parsecs or 32.6 light-years|
|any of the small bodies, often remnants of comets, traveling through space: when such a body enters the earth's atmosphere it is heated to luminosity and becomes a meteor|
|—n , pl -gies|
|1.||either of the two positions (conjunction or opposition) of a celestial body when sun, earth, and the body lie in a straight line: the moon is at syzygy when full|
|2.||(in classical prosody) a metrical unit of two feet|
|3.||rare any pair, usually of opposites|
|4.||biology the aggregation in a mass of certain protozoans, esp when occurring before sexual reproduction|
|[C17: from Late Latin syzygia, from Greek suzugia, from suzugos yoked together, from |
syzygy syz·y·gy (sĭz'ə-jē)
The association of gregarine protozoa end-to-end or in lateral pairing without sexual fusion.
The pairing of chromosomes in meiosis.
|syzygy (sĭz'ə-jē) Pronunciation Key