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noun Cell Biology.
  1. the achromatic spindle with two asters that forms during mitosis.
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Origin of amphiaster

First recorded in 1880–85; amphi- + -aster2
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Historical Examples of amphiaster

  • While these changes are going on in the chromatin the Amphiaster forms.

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  • As the amphiaster grows the centrosomes are grouped in a plane at the equator of the spindle, forming the Equatorial Plate.

British Dictionary definitions for amphiaster


  1. cytology the structure that occurs in a cell undergoing mitosis, consisting of a spindle with an aster at each end
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Word Origin for amphiaster

C19: from amphi- + New Latin aster; see aster
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amphiaster in Medicine


  1. A double-star figure present in the cell during mitosis, consisting of two astrospheres connected by a spindle, formed just before the division of the nucleus.diaster
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