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noun Cell Biology.
  1. a late stage of prophase during meiosis, in which the chromatid pairs of the tetrads begin to separate and chiasmata can be seen.
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Origin of diplotene

< French diplotène (1900); see diplo-, -tene
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British Dictionary definitions for diplotene


  1. the fourth stage of the prophase of meiosis, during which the paired homologous chromosomes separate except at the places where genetic exchange has occurredSee also chiasma (def. 1), crossing over
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Word Origin

C20: from diplo- + Greek tainia band
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diplotene in Medicine


  1. A stage of meiotic prophase in which homologous chromosome pairs begin to separate and chiasmata become visible.
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