from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The tangle of filaments that appears at the beginning of the prophase portion of meiosis or mitosis.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The stage of the nucleus in karyokinesis, or mitosis, during which the chromatin assumes the form of a continuous or segmented thread.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Flemming, on the other hand, clung to his erroneous view that all the chromosomes are at first united into one long continu - ous thread, a “spireme,” which later breaks up into the separate chromosomes.