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zygotene

[ zahy-guh-teen, zig-uh- ]

noun

, Cell Biology.
  1. the second stage of prophase in meiosis, during which strands of homologous chromosomes line up and become pairs.


zygotene

/ ˈzɪɡ-; ˈzaɪɡəˌtiːn /

noun

  1. the second stage of the prophase of meiosis, during which homologous chromosomes become associated in pairs (bivalents)


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Word History and Origins

Origin of zygotene1

1925–30; < French zygotène; zygo-, -tene

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