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chiasma chi·as·ma (kī-āz'mə) or chi·asm (kī'āz'əm)
n. pl. or chi·as·mas, chi·as·ma·ta (-mə-tə), chi·as·ms

  1. A crossing or intersection of two tracts, as of nerves or ligaments.

  2. The point of contact between paired chromatids during meiosis, resulting in a cross-shaped configuration and representing the cytological manifestation of crossing over.

chi·as'mal or chi·as'mic or chi'as·mat'ic (-māt'ĭk) adj.
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