zygotene

zygotene

[zahy-guh-teen, zig-uh-]
noun Cell Biology.
the second stage of prophase in meiosis, during which strands of homologous chromosomes line up and become pairs.

Origin:
1925–30; < French zygotène; see zygo-, -tene

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zygotene (ˈzaɪɡəˌtiːn, ˈzɪɡ-)
 
n
the second stage of the prophase of meiosis, during which homologous chromosomes become associated in pairs (bivalents)

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zygotene zy·go·tene (zī'gə-tēn')
n.
The stage of meiotic prophase during which the precise point-for-point pairing of the homologous chromosomes begins. Also called zygonema.

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