Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.

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  • n. The intimate pairing of homologous chromosomes during the synaptic stage of meiosis

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

  • n. the second stage of the prophase of meiosis

Etymologies

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

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