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[lep-tuh-teen] /ˈlɛp təˌtin/
noun, Cell Biology.
a stage of cell division during the prophase of meiosis, in which the chromosomes are not distinct but appear as a mass of entangled threads.
Origin of leptotene
< French leptotène (1900); see lepto-, -tene Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for leptotene


the first stage of the prophase of meiosis during which the nuclear material becomes resolved into slender single-stranded chromosomes
Word Origin
C20: from lepto- + -tene, from Greek tainia band, filament
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leptotene in Medicine

leptotene lep·to·tene (lěp'tə-tēn')
The early stage of prophase in meiosis in which the replicated chromosomes contract and become visible as long filaments well separated from one another.

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