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anaphase

[an-uh-feyz]
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noun Biology.
  1. the stage in mitosis or meiosis following metaphase in which the daughter chromosomes move away from each other to opposite ends of the cell.

Origin of anaphase

First recorded in 1885–90; ana- + phase
Related formsan·a·pha·sic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anaphase

Historical Examples

  • An anaphase including the small chromosome is shown in figure 56.

    Studies in Spermatogenesis

    Nettie Maria Stevens

  • In the anaphase (figs. 14-16) the larger and the smaller components of the pair separate as in Tenebrio.

    Studies in Spermatogenesis

    Nettie Maria Stevens

  • In the anaphase of the second division all of the chromosomes are divided quantitatively as may be seen in figures 77 and 78.

    Studies in Spermatogenesis

    Nettie Maria Stevens

  • Figure 260 shows a side view of the second spindle in metaphase, and figure 261 in anaphase.

    Studies in Spermatogenesis

    Nettie Maria Stevens

  • The second maturation division is seen in metaphase in figure 220 and in anaphase in figure 221.


British Dictionary definitions for anaphase

anaphase

noun
  1. the third stage of mitosis, during which the chromatids separate and migrate towards opposite ends of the spindleSee also prophase, metaphase, telophase
  2. the corresponding stage of the first division of meiosis

Word Origin

C19: from ana- + phase
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Word Origin and History for anaphase

n.

1887, coined in German (1884), from Greek ana- (see ana-) + phase (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anaphase in Medicine

anaphase

([object Object])
n.
  1. The stage of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes move from the equatorial plate toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle.
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anaphase in Science

anaphase

[ănə-fāz′]
  1. The stage of cell division in mitosis or meiosis in which the doubled set of chromosomes separates into two identical groups that move to opposite ends of the cell. Anaphase is preceded by metaphase and followed by telophase. See more at meiosis mitosis.
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