noun Biology.
  1. the stage in mitosis or meiosis following metaphase in which the daughter chromosomes move away from each other to opposite ends of the cell.

Origin of anaphase

First recorded in 1885–90; ana- + phase
Related formsan·a·pha·sic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for anaphasic


  1. the third stage of mitosis, during which the chromatids separate and migrate towards opposite ends of the spindleSee also prophase, metaphase, telophase
  2. the corresponding stage of the first division of meiosis

Word Origin for anaphase

C19: from ana- + phase
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Word Origin and History for anaphasic



1887, coined in German (1884), from Greek ana- (see ana-) + phase (n.).

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anaphasic in Medicine


  1. The stage of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes move from the equatorial plate toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle.
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anaphasic in Science


  1. The stage of cell division in mitosis or meiosis in which the doubled set of chromosomes separates into two identical groups that move to opposite ends of the cell. Anaphase is preceded by metaphase and followed by telophase. See more at meiosis mitosis.
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