[ spahy-reem ]
/ ˈspaɪ rim /

noun Cell Biology.

the threadlike chromatin of a cell nucleus, present during early meiosis or mitosis.

Origin of spireme

1885–90; < Greek speírēma coil, equivalent to speirē-, variant stem of speirâsthai to be coiled around + -ma noun suffix of result
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/ (ˈspaɪriːm) /


cytology the tangled mass of chromatin threads into which the nucleus of a cell is resolved at the start of mitosis

Word Origin for spireme

C19: from Greek speirēma a coil, from speira a coil, spire ²
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