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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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Origin of -tene

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