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- noun The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.
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- noun biology The
intimate pairingof homologous chromosomesduring the synaptic stageof meiosis
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- noun the second stage of the prophase of meiosis
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[French zygotène : zygo-, pair (from New Latin; see zygo–) + -tène, ribbon (from Latin taenia; see taenia).]
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zyg- 'union, zygosis' (from Ancient Greek (zygon) 'junction, yoke') + -tene 'filament' (from Ancient Greek (tainia) 'band, fillet')
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