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[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.
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Origin of zygotene

1925–30; < French zygotène; see zygo-, -tene
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British Dictionary definitions for zygotene


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


  1. The stage of meiotic prophase during which the precise point-for-point pairing of the homologous chromosomes begins.zygonema
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