pachytene

[ pak-i-teen ]
/ ˈpæk ɪ tin /

noun Cell Biology.

the third stage of prophase in meiosis, during which each chromosome pair separates into sister chromatids with some breakage and crossing over of genes.

Nearby words

  1. pachypleuritis,
  2. pachysalpingitis,
  3. pachysalpingo-ovaritis,
  4. pachysandra,
  5. pachysomia,
  6. pachyvaginalitis,
  7. pachyvaginitis,
  8. pacif.,
  9. pacifarin,
  10. pacific

Also pach·y·ne·ma [pak-uh-nee-muh] /ˌpæk əˈni mə/.

Origin of pachytene

< French pachytène (1900), equivalent to Greek pachý(s) thick + -tène -tene

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British Dictionary definitions for pachynema

pachytene

/ (ˈpækɪˌtiːn) /

noun

the third stage of the prophase of meiosis during which the chromosomes become shorter and thicker and divide into chromatids

Word Origin for pachytene

from Greek pakhus thick + tainia band

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Medicine definitions for pachynema

pachytene

[ păkĭ-tēn′ ]

n.

The third stage of the prophase of meiosis during which the homologous chromosomes become short and thick and divide into four distinct chromatids.

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