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-tene


a combining form meaning “ribbon,” used in biology to form compound nouns that refer to the shape or number of chromosomes involved in meiosis: leptotene; pachytene; diplotene.

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-tactic, -tastic, -taxis, -taxy, -teen, -tene, -termer, -th, -there, -therm, -thermy

Origin of -tene

< French -tène (in scientific compounds) < Latin taenia taenia
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