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[dip-luh-teen] /ˈdɪp ləˌtin/
noun, Cell Biology.
a late stage of prophase during meiosis, in which the chromatid pairs of the tetrads begin to separate and chiasmata can be seen.
Origin of diplotene
< French diplotène (1900); see diplo-, -tene Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for diplotene


the fourth stage of the prophase of meiosis, during which the paired homologous chromosomes separate except at the places where genetic exchange has occurred See also chiasma (sense 1), crossing over
Word Origin
C20: from diplo- + Greek tainia band
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diplotene in Medicine

diplotene dip·lo·tene (dĭp'lə-tēn')
A stage of meiotic prophase in which homologous chromosome pairs begin to separate and chiasmata become visible.

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