zygotene

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

zyg- 'union, zygosis' (from Ancient Greek (zygon) 'junction, yoke') + -tene 'filament' (from Ancient Greek (tainia) 'band, fillet')

Noun[edit]

zygotene (plural zygotenes)

  1. (biology) The intimate pairing of homologous chromosomes during the synaptic stage of meiosis

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