Zygotene definition

zīgə-tēn
The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.
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The synaptic stage of the first prophase in meiosis, during which longitudinal pairing of homologous chromosomes occurs.
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The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
zygotene
Plural:
zygotenes

Origin of zygotene

  • French zygotène zygo- pair (from New Latin zygo–) -tène ribbon (from Latin taenia taenia)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary