Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the side by side pairing of homologous maternal and paternal chromosomes at the start of meiosis

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek sunapsis, point of contact; see synapse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Bananas are sterile and seedless because they are odd polyploids in which one set of chromosomes A or B has no homologous set to pair up with during synapsis of meiosis.

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  • Right now, in this very moment a complex circuit board of 3 million neurons and synapsis, fire away.

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  • A primary factor in speciation has been chromosome restructuring as synapsis between structural chromosome heterozygotes invariably leads to some sterility because crossing over in the nonhomologous regions leads to the production of unbalanced, non functional gametes.

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  • Whether the mixture of the chromosomes occurs in every resting stage of the nucleus in the successive generations of the gametocytes, or whether it occurs only in the synapsis stage preceding reduction division, it is not surprising that the colloid substance of the chromosomes should form a more or less complete intermixture, and that the two original chromosomes should not be again separated in the pure condition in which they came into contact.

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