American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.
- n. the second stage of the prophase of meiosis
- zyg- 'union, zygosis' (from Ancient Greek (zygon) 'junction, yoke') + -tene 'filament' (from Ancient Greek (tainia) 'band, fillet') (Wiktionary)
- French zygotène : zygo-, pair (from New Latin; see zygo-) + -tène, ribbon (from Latin taenia; see taenia). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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