diaster

[ dahy-as-ter ]
/ daɪˈæs tər /

noun Cell Biology.

the stage in mitosis at which the chromosomes, after their division and separation, are grouped near the poles of the spindle.

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Origin of diaster

First recorded in 1880–85; di-1 + -aster2

OTHER WORDS FROM diaster

di·as·tral, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diaster

diaster
/ (daɪˈæstə) /

noun

cytology rare the stage in cell division at which the chromosomes are in two groups at the poles of the spindle before forming daughter nuclei

Derived forms of diaster

diastral, adjective

Word Origin for diaster

C19: from di- 1 + Greek astēr star
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Medical definitions for diaster

diaster
[ dī-ăstər ]

n.

amphiaster
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