from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The side-by-side association of homologous paternal and maternal chromosomes during the first prophase of meiosis.
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- n. The association of homologous maternal and paternal chromosomes during the initial part of meiosis.
- n. Alternative form of synapse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as mitapsis.
- n. The name originally applied by J. E. S. Moore, in 1892, to the contracted state of the nuclear skein occurring previous to the reduction of the chromosomes and to the formation of tetraspores, sperms, or eggs.
- n. The anatomical connection between the processes or neuraxons of two or more nervecells.
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- n. the side by side pairing of homologous maternal and paternal chromosomes at the start of meiosis
New Latin, from Greek sunapsis, point of contact; see synapse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)