the synaptic stage of the first prophase in meiosis, during which longitudinal pairing of homologous chromosomes occurs
Origin of zygoteneFrench zygotène from Classical Greek zygon, yoke + tainia, ribbon, tape: see taenia
The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.
Origin of zygoteneFrench zygotène zygo- pair ( from New Latin; see zygo- . ) -tène ribbon ( from Latin taenia ; see taenia . )
zyg- 'union, zygosis' (from Ancient Greek (zygon) 'junction, yoke') + -tene 'filament' (from Ancient Greek (tainia) 'band, fillet')